Denise makes contemporary art quilt portraits of very non-contemporary structures: megalithic stones and monoliths, and more recent monastic ruins. These stonescapes – stone circles, standing stones, dolmens, burial tombs, abandoned churches, forgotten cemeteries, and lost-in-history portals and passageways – embody both immense timelessness and physical presence while evoking sacred and emotional remembrances of human pasts largely forgotten.
"The first time I saw one of Denise’s “stone” quilts, I was immediately drawn to it. The lighting and perspective is always dramatic. Each quilt exudes such a quiet reverence that when I come face to face with one, I find myself in a meditative trance – transported back to another time and another place. Denise’s quilts are good for the soul.” Ricky Tims
“Denise’s emotive Irish-inspired quilts simply take my breath away.” Joen Wolfrom
Sunset on Inishmore (2016)
53" wide x 73" high (135 x 185 cm)
“Denise’s quilts breathe life into structures which, to the unobservant eye or busy observer, may otherwise appear cold and lifeless. The texture of her stones, the light, and her use of perspective bring a realistic yet deeply emotional quality to her art which would be difficult to achieve in any other way.” Margaret McCrory, Belfast, Northern Ireland