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. Denice is an artist, Counsellor, Educator and Grief Coach.
ARTIST - I work with acrylics, ink, resin 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.
COUNSELLOR - I have over 200 hours counselling experience working with people from all walks of life, with various issues including, grief, stress, bullying, addiction and historical abuse.
EDUCATOR - I have over 8 years experience working in adult education, over 9 years experience working as part of a virtual online training team with the Ministry of Education. It is my ambition to create an online grief programme to help those who wish to better understand the impact of grief on their lives.
GRIEF COACH - From an educational perspective I have chosen to focus on grief work because I have experienced a lot of grief in my own life which created a curiosity to explore what meaning I can make from my experiences. This prompted me to become a volunteer through Hospice Whanganui in 2008. I first worked as a biographer before moving on to work with the bereavement team where, my husband and I facilitate a grief education programme twice a year.