ABOUT DENICE MIDGLEY
Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Denice moved to Florence, Italy at 18, returned to England at 27 and emigrated to New Zealand at 35. Denice has a Degree in Counselling, a Masters in Management. and while mostly self-taught as an artist Denice studied illustration through Massey University. Denice comes from a from a family of artists. Her grandfather was a painter in retirement working with oils. Her mother was an art teacher, her father won a scholarship to go to Bradford Grammar to study art (which he declined preferring instead to join the army). Her sister qualified and worked as a textile designer and her brother is a silversmith, working and teaching at his studio in Leeds. Throughout the many changes in Denice's life art has been a constant.
ARTIST - I work with acrylics, ink, resin, glass and other mixed media to explore my creativity and relationship with my inner and outer world. I also work with recycled and dichroic glass to create jewellery. Working with a variety of media has broadened my scope as an artist not only in terms of variety but also in my approach to creativity. Using glass to create jewellery has given me the confidence to let go of expectations of the end result and focus instead on the process of creating. Letting go of the end result allows me to interact more fully with the media I use whether it be glass or paint or mixed media. I have become more flexible and go with the flow of where the process takes me. Art is important to me in that it keeps me grounded and balanced and gives me an outlet to express my creativity.