Denise Choppin
Tallahassee, Florida

Denise Choppin paints with soft, subtle colors to relate the unique beauty of nature. Her series “Horizons” was inspired by her time on a Gulf Coast barrier island, where she gazed at the line where sky meets water. She currently lives in Florida and finds inspiration in color field works.

Artist and Customer Comments

Denise Choppin 8/28/2015 | 2:14 PM

Thank you Karen. My pieces can have as many as 60-70 layers of color or acrylic medium which is what gives them the depth.

commentsLight Song
K Diaz purchased this artwork. 8/28/2015 | 12:17 PM

I am thrilled to have an original work of art for my home. For me the one word that describes this piece is luminescent. The pigments give off so much light. I can see depth in the layers of paint. The gorgeous colors really do shift depending on which angle one views the work. I needed something light and colorful for a special place in my home and this painting livens the space up.

Denise Choppin 11/5/2013 | 7:05 AM

As the light continues to shift with the change of seasons, I've become very interested in attempting to capture this in paint. To that effect, I've used interference paints which contain minute particles of mica. These reflective properties allow the painting to change depending on the point-of-view as well as changing light conditions. Light transforms everything it touches...

Looking Back

Acrylic painting on wood
Signed on back

18" h x 18" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 0 oz.


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This piece was inspired by the Gulf Coast barrier islands, "Looking Back" towards the dunes from a boat. I work with numerous layers of acrylic glazes, periodically scraping back. The piece is finished with a high gloss acrylic varnish. The edges of the cradled birch panel are painted with a flat white acrylic. It comes ready to hang.

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.


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