Painter and visual artist, Denise HMC Stoot, was born and raised in the Netherlands, lived in the South of France to study art history and law at Aix Marseille University and earned a JD and master degree from University of Amsterdam and Harvard University School of Law respectively after which she decided to move to New York.
While working in law and finance on Wall Street, she studied painting, mixed media and collage at the renowned Art Students League in New York. Her mentors, American artists Ronnie Landfield, a modern art painter associated with Lyrical Abstraction, and Bruce Dorfman, whose oeuvre includes assemblage paintings and mixed media work, were mystified by this unusual transformation and pursuit of artistry with color but after many years studying with them, they said it was time "to say goodbye to the Supreme Court and join the art community."
She resigned from her position in private equity to work as a professional artist and started selling her work directly out of her studio in Tribeca. She went to London to study drawing at Central St. Martins, College of Art and Design. Although drawing can inform her art, most of her paintings are grounded in the experimental abstract and colorfield tradition. Today, she splits her time between New York City and Boulder, Colorado. In summers, you can find her making art in a secret location in Europe.
Recently she has become a member of the Boulder Arts Association and a member of the Summit County Arts Council in Colorado.
My art work seeks to capture the ephemeral quality of nature and communicate the sublime sensation it inspires. Informed by my own experiences, my work reflects a visceral exploration of the dynamic relationship between the forces of man and nature, told through abstract landscapes and non-objective forms.
All visual elements in my paintings relate to the natural world, though abstract configurations and reductive forms often displace direct reference. By using highly saturated colors, I mediate between black and white, nature’s expression of the infinite. And by reducing forms to their purest essence, I liberate meaning from the confines of figurative representation.