Studio Discovery Tour

North Coast

Denise Otterson – Oils on Canvas

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"The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

Denise Otterson has devoted her life to the arts. Over a thirty-five year career selling fine art in Chicago and San Francisco, she sold the Masters, including Chagall, Miro, Picasso and Rembrandt. As Director of the award-winning Sausalito Art Collection, she helped established and emerging artists to permanent museum collections and commercial success. She did her master's work in creative writing, teaching and learning under Richard Russo and other master writers.

Otterson has lived and painted at The Sea Ranch for four years. The subjects of her oil paintings are seascapes, sunsets, water lilies and nocturnes. Her style is impressionist, tending toward abstraction and her oil paintings are large, colorful and dramatic. “At heart I’m a romantic, passionate about color and attuned to nature as a spiritual realm. I’m moved to paint by a sense of the mystery in things, and I try to capture that mystery in my paintings.”

“My work is an attempt to recreate the majesty and power of the coast, and the mystery and radiance of life. Influences as diverse as Turner, Rothko, Matisse and Monet, with a touch of just plain 'transcendence' by way of the Tonalists, have moved me in many different directions.”

"I am a bit like Monet, obsessed with color and light."

Otterson has had two one-woman shows at The Sea Ranch Lodge, and recently won the Judges Award for Oil at the North Coast Artist Guild’s show “Living on the Edge.” She is currently an entry in the prestigious Gualala Arts Center’s “May Show”.

Last year, following a trip to the south of France, Otterson opened Lumiere Pacific Fine Art Gallery, in downtown Gualala. The gallery has a distinct old-world ambiance, owing to its oriental carpets, antique furnishings and tables and chairs scattered with silk flowers, books about art and artist quotations on the walls. “I wanted it to feel like a home, so that viewers could imagine the paintings on their own walls.”

Lumiere Pacific is both a gallery and a working studio. “It’s an ideal situation for me; I can paint, indoors or out, with all my beautiful paintings around me. When people come in, I can show them my works in progress, and often learn from their enthusiastic responses."

Contact Information:

Denise Otterson
Lumiere Pacific Gallery
P.O. Box 1477
Gualala, CA 95445

Tel: 707 884-4900