Denise Howard grew up in rural Missouri surrounded by animals and nature. She started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil, and her world revolved around her art until she finished college. She earned a B.A. in Art and a B.S. in Math/Computer Science concurrently from Truman State University, and later an M.S. in Computer Science from Ohio State University, focused on computer graphics. She worked for several Silicon Valley companies, was one of the developers of iPhoto at Apple, and earned movie credits on Antz and Shrek at PDI/Dreamworks. Software engineering left little time or energy for creating art for 25+ years.
Finally the urge to return to her art became too strong to ignore, so she began committing the time to pursue it as a second career. She has received local, national and international recognition for her realist colored pencil and graphite work. She is the author of 101 Textures in Colored Pencil (Quarto Publishing). She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and the UK Colored Pencil Society (UKCPS), and has Master Pencil Artist Status (MPAS) with the Pencil Art Society (PAS). She is national Marketing Director of the CPSA.
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