denise joy mc fadden

Denise majored in Graphic Art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She worked as a Graphic Artist for advertising firms in Chicago and Colorado. Moving to Vancouver in 1993, watercolor has become her chosen medium. She especially enjoys the spontaneity, as well as the risks encountered with watercolor. Denise often works on dampened paper and mixes color directly onto her painting, rather than the palette. This technique creates wonderful effects and textures, which make no two paintings the same.

As a signature member of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society, Denise is an award winner and her work has been displayed in many shows. She is also a member of Watercolor West and the National Watercolor Society.


*Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, Best of Show 2015 Spring
*Watercolor West Exhibit 2013, California Watercolor Reciprocal Award, People’s Choice
*Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, Best of Show 2012 Spring
*Columbian Artist Association 2012, First & Second Place, People’s Choice
*Columbian Artist Association 2011, Best of Show, 1st Place, Sponsor Award
*Columbian Artist Association 2010, People's Choice, Sponsor Awards
*Columbian Artist Association 2009, 1st Place, 3rd Place, People’s Choice, Sponsor Award
*Columbian Artist Association 2008, 3rd Place and Sponsor Awards
*Northwest Watercolor Society’s Waterworks 2007, Daniel Smith Award
*Battle Ground Art Alliance 2008, Artistic Presentation Award
*Battle Ground Art Alliance 2004 and 2006, People’s Choice Award
*Battle Ground Art Alliance 2005, Best of Show Award and Sponsor Award
*Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, Numerous Awards, 1998-present


*Art on the Boulevard, “Watermarks”, Three Artists Show, Sept.-Oct. 2015
*Gallery Seven, Canyonville, OR, Jan.-March 2015
*Northwest Watercolor Waterworks 2013 and 2014, Seattle juried show
*Fairweather House & Garden, Solo Show Nov. 2013, 2014, 2015
*Watercolor West Exhibit 2013, National Juried Show
*Art About Agriculture, April-July 2013, Oregon State University
*Shearwater Gallery, Solo Show June 2012
*Art on the Boulevard, Duet Show (Birds & Blooms) April, May 2012
*Art on the Boulevard, Solo Show Feb. 2010
*National Watercolor Society Members Show 2009, National juried show
*Columbian Artist Association 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 juried Longview show
*Battle Ground Art Alliance 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 juried art show
*Northwest Watercolor Society’s Waterworks 2007, 2010, 2013 Seattle juried show
*Northwest Watercolor Society’s Open Show 2007, Seattle juried show
*Lake Oswego Chronicle Invitational Exhibit 2007, Oregon juried show
*Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
*Ballew’s Restaurant, featured artist, Vancouver, WA 2004, 2007
*NorthShore Design, Vancouver, WA 2002
*Southwest Washington Medical Center, featured artist, Vancouver, WA 2002
*Barnes & Noble Booksellers, featured artist, Vancouver, WA 2002

Represented by:

*Art on the Boulevard, Vancouver, WA
*Touchstone Gallery, Yachats, OR
*Fairweather House and Garden, Seaside, OR
*Second Street Gallery, Bandon, OR


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