Denise Antaya is a modern realist painting whose work has been shown at Westland Gallery for some time now, She is one of three female artists participating in the upcoming show, A Journey into Realism, on March 28th - April 15th 2017. Denise’s work shows her classical realism training from the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, a tradition stemming back to the European ateliers of the 19th century. She seeks to “rebel against the fast-paced world we live in,” through her works, such as Across the Pond and Tangled. These serene landscapes are calming in their palettes and compositions, a conscious choice of Denise’s to “evoke memories of childhood vacations long forgotten.”
When viewing her work, it is easy to imagine that at any moment a family will pass through the frame on bicycles, or set up a picnic to enjoy the day. Having made a career in advertising, Denise often worked with digital mediums. So, it makes perfect sense that when Denise left the corporate world, she would switch focus to the nature world, and would attempt to capture the truth in what she observes. Denise’s landscapes often show nature untouched by human incursion, similar to the Hudson’s River school, where Denise has attended workshops. Denise is always seeking to improve her practice through education, a journey which she hopes will never end.