The Works

Art / Denise Vitollo

:: Three Works ::




From the artist


:: Account ::

My pas­tel art­works explore col­or, and how it is influ­enced by light and shad­ow. My trav­els to loca­tions such as Bonaire, Bermu­da, and Cal­i­for­nia dur­ing the past few years have great­ly inspired my work and have assist­ed me in real­iz­ing my goal of con­vey­ing the intense pul­sa­tions and ener­gy I feel in the world around me. An avid boater, pad­dle board­er, and snorkel­er, I am obsessed with water and what goes on under­neath it, through it, and on top of it. Many of my works are about the peace­ful, med­i­ta­tive, and grace­ful move­ments of crea­tures that are found in fresh and salt water. Hav­ing spent my child­hood sum­mers on the Susque­han­na Riv­er, I have fond mem­o­ries of boats and all water-relat­ed activities.


Denise Vitol­lo holds a BFA in print­mak­ing and an MEd in art edu­ca­tion from the Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty, as well as an MFA in illus­tra­tion from Syra­cuse Uni­ver­si­ty. When she is not paint­ing water, Denise loves to work in plein air. For the past nine years, she has par­tic­i­pat­ed in Plein Air Brandy­wine, and has been a plein air artist with Lan­dArt and Paint Snow Hill. She enjoys exper­i­ment­ing with mixed media in her stu­dio and on loca­tion. Often, she com­bines water­col­or and pas­tels, and print­mak­ing with pastels. 

Denise is a juried Asso­ciate Mem­ber of the Pas­tel Soci­ety of Amer­i­ca. She holds Sig­na­ture Sta­tus with the Philadel­phia Water­col­or Soci­ety, Degas Pas­tel Soci­ety of NOLA, Pas­tel Painters Soci­ety of Cape Cod, and the Mary­land Pas­tel Soci­ety. Over the past few years, she has been accept­ed to nation­al and inter­na­tion­al juried shows at the PWCS, Pas­tel Soci­ety of Amer­i­ca in NYC, Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Pas­tel Soci­eties, Degas Pas­tel Soci­ety, the Con­necti­cut Pas­tel Society’s Renais­sance in Pas­tel, Mary­land Pas­tel Soci­ety, and the Pas­tel Painters Soci­ety of Cape Cod. Recent­ly, she has received awards from the Philadel­phia Pas­tel Soci­ety, Philadel­phia Water­col­or Soci­ety, Con­necti­cut Pas­tel Soci­ety, Farm to Table Plein Air, and the Pas­tel Painters Soci­ety of Cape Cod exhi­bi­tions. Denise is the Vvice Pres­i­dent of the Philadel­phia Pas­tel Soci­ety, and is Work­shop Direc­tor for the Philadel­phia Water­col­or Society. 

She has taught at the col­lege and grad­u­ate school lev­els, and in pri­vate schools.  Her work can be seen on her web­site,