The following information was submitted in June of 2006 by the artist:
Denise Rich, a San Diego native, is an artist who paints cows. As a small child her Great-Grandmother patiently colored with her for countless hours, her father coached her in watercolors, and she was fascinated with her Grandmother's oil painting studio. At the age of 9 she was a founding member of a group at school that raised money for homeless animals.
Combine her foundation of artistic expression with her ability to appreciate animals as individuals and it's no mystery that Denise is quickly becoming recognized as "one of the [dairy] industry's biggest up and coming artists..." (Holstein Foundations's Art Auction catalog.) Each painting starts with a real live cow, first framed within the viewfinder of her digital camera and then translated in oil, in a style she calls "painterly realism" on either canvas or panel. Her specialty is capturing cows in a way that everyone can truly appreciate, especially those who know them the best. She paints them as she sees them, as unique individuals with personalities.
Denise has studied with several internationally known art instructors in San Diego and most recently gained a sizeable following for her cow paintings. She receives commissions to paint them as well. Her art is included in a "Cowlendar" by Animart for 2006, introduced at the World Dairy Expo. Recent commissions of note include industry leaders Holstein World, The American Guernsey Association and The American Jersey Association.
Artwork licensed for use in print ad in following periodicals June 2006-August 2006.
Agribusiness Dairyman; Dairy Herd Management; Feedstuffs; Howard's West; Midwestern Dairy Business; Northeast Dairy Business; Western Dairy Business; Progressive Dairyman.
Also published on the cover of an abstracts booklet for JDIP (Johne's Disease Integrated Program, it's a disease that affects bovine and these are a group of veterinarians who study it.) 2nd annual conference held at UC Davis in January of this year.