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About the Artist

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Denise Riches

I didn't realized my love for painting until college while studying Interior Design. Soon after, I placed my artistic journey on hold while raising my three children. Then in 2009, a personal life event compelled me to return to creating art. 

The journey began as a therapeutic process through ‘art journaling’ and creating handmade greeting cards. I further developed my skills through workshops with local artist, online courses and by simply exploring with paint and various materials. In the beginning, my style was influenced by the artists I admired, however, in 2016 my own creative voice emerged when I participated in #The100DayProject on Instagram. The 100 heart paintings I created for the challenge laid the foundation for my semi-abstract style I have today. (View my 100 Day Challenge here.)

My abstract landscapes are often created with no sketch or concept in mind. Building up layers, the paintings unfold organically and in their own time. The process is a push and pull, apply then take-away until the foundation is laid and the composition is pleasing. With each layer the landscape evolves providing new opportunities, new challenges and often unexpected surprises. Letting go of the outcome and embracing imperfection is what draws me to this free flowing painting process. Vibrant color and texture gives my work its distinctive style while the layering process gives my work depth, intensity and enriches my color palette.

I also have a passion for hearts which is evident by this recurring theme in my paintings. My daily quest to find hearts occurring naturally in my surroundings helps me walk a little slower in the world noticing the beauty and wonder that nature has to offer. (View my heart photographs here.)


I am a member of the Orange County Fine Art Association as well as the Huntington Beach Artist Council. I often exhibit my work at Showcase Gallery and the Huntington Beach Art Center and various City exhibitions throughout Southern California. I also participate in local juried arts fairs. 


I currently work as a full-time Marketing Coordinator at a Landscape Architectural Firm in Orange County, California. This creative environment keeps me inspired and fuels my desire to paint even after a long day in the office. 


Juried Group Shows


Huntington Beach Art Center, 'Surfing the Pacific Rim',
Huntington Beach, CA


Huntington Beach Art Center, 'Inspired', Huntington Beach, CA

Costa Mesa ArtVenture, Costa Mesa, CA

Newport Beach Art Exhibition, Newport Beach, CA


Costa Mesa ArtVenture, Costa Mesa, CA

Guest Artist, Showcase Gallery ‘Infinite Dreams’ Santa Ana, CA

American Institute of Architects OC ArtWalk, Costa Mesa, CA



Showcase Gallery, ‘Sankofa,’ Santa Ana, CA

Showcase Gallery, ‘Into the Woods,’ Santa Ana, CA

Showcase Gallery, ‘Artist's Eye Competition,’ Santa Ana, CA  

Showcase Gallery, ‘Paint the Metro,’ Santa Ana, CA

Featured Artist AvantGarden Gallery. Santa Ana, CA



Orange County Fine Arts Member Show, Santa Ana, CA

Resident Artist, AvantGarden Gallery, Santa Ana, CA

Juried Arts & Craft Fairs


Dana Point ArtFest, Dana Point, CA

Riverside Art Market, Riverside, CA


Costa Mesa Women's Club Holiday Art Fair, Costa Mesa, CA

Surf City Art Fest, Huntington Beach, CA

Art in the Park, Newport Beach, CA

Patchwork Long Beach, CA

Patchwork Ventura, CA

Dana Point Art Festival, Dana Point, CA

Patchwork Santa Ana, CA


Professional Organizations and Committees


Huntington Beach Artist Council, Huntington Beach, CA

Orange County Fine Art Association, Santa Ana, CA

2017 to 2018

Showcase Gallery Jury Committee, Santa Ana, CA



Orange County Fine Art Association, Santa Ana, CA


Workshop Facilitator

2017 – Mixed Media Workshop, Showcase Gallery




1st Place Acrylic Category, OCFA Open Competition


3rd Place Mixed Media Category, OCFA Annual Member Show

3rd Place Acrylic Category, OCFA Annual Member Show

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