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20140201034608-jumpingjuniper_med
Jumping Juniper, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
20140112012007-tentrees_med
Under the Ten (x2) Maple Trees, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
20131217150149-ninetrees_med
Nine Leaves on the Wind, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise WEaver Ross
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Eight Branches Over Ocho Rios, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise Weaver Ross
20131106035753-seventrees_med
Seven Cottonwoods of the Bosque, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise Weaver Ross
20131010040132-sixtrees_med
Six of Banyan Trees, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
20130920022127-fivetrees_med
Five of Sacred Trees, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
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Four of Whirling Aspens, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
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Three of Strange Fruit and Poplar Trees, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise Weaver Ross
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Two Trees and Fig Leaves in the Garden of Desire, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise Weaver Ross
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Apogee of an Apricot Tree, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
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Jack of Pines, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise Weaver Ross
20130523151332-queenbirch_med
Queen of the Birch Trees, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
20130604122506-kingoak_med
The King of Oaks, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
20130423174209-jokerhearts_med
The Joke's on Our Hearts, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
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The Nine Lives of the Heart, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise Weaver Ross
20130223023007-eighthearts_med
Eight of Infinite Hearts, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
20130130032900-sixhearts_med
Six Phases of the Eclipse of the Heart, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
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Five of Ringing Hearts, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise Weaver Ross
20130101223417-fourhearts_med
On the Four Winds Does My Heart Fly, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
20130101223215-threeofhearts_med
Three of Hearts Divided, 2012 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise Weaver Ross
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Two of Brotherly Love, 2012 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise Weaver Ross
20130101222433-ace_of_hearts_med
Ace of My Heart, 2012 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
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Jack of Lonely Hearts, 2012 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W In. © Denise Weaver Ross
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Queen of Heart Transplants, 2012 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W in © Denise Weaver Ross
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Sickle of Leo, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
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Seven of Flowering Hearts, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
20140828032535-king_of_hearts_med
King of Pain and the Sickle Moon, 2012 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
20140828033219-tenhearts_med
The Ten Strings of My Heart, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
20140828033533-fivestarsnightqueen_med
Five Stars of the Night Queen, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
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The Great Square, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
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Summer Triangle, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
20140828033613-thetwiningofthestars_med
The Twinning of the Stars, 2014 Mixed Media on Pape 26 H X 40 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
20140828033619-jacksofjupiter_med
The Jacks of Jupiter, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
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Aurora Borealis, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
20140828033718-lunar_queen_med
The Lunar Queen, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
20140828033719-sonking_med
The Son is the King of the Man, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
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Waking the Morning, 2009 Mixed Media on Paper 22 H X 30 W Inches © Denise Weaver Ross
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Seven Sages Watch Over the Great Bear in the Ancient Night , 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 26 X 40 Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2014
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Eight Stars of War, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 26 X 40 Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2014
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Sickle of Leo, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 @ Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2014
20141114211625-ninestarsofaswansong_med
Nine Stars of a Swan Song, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 40 X 26 Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2014
20141204044750-10starseaglesharp
Ten Stars of the Eagle's Harp, 2014 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2014
20150120053052-king_of_hearts_med
King of Pain and the Sickle Moon, 2013 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2013
20150120053705-wildstars_med
Our Wild Stars, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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The Kingly Bones, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Jack's Legendary Bones, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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The Queen's Fire, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Archeology of the Unicorn, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Elvis and the Three Bones, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Four Corners of the Mind, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Five Bones of Creation, 2015 Mixed Media on Apper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Kingly Bones, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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The Queen's Fire, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Jack's Legendary Bones, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Archealogy of the Unicorn, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Bone of My Bone, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Elvis and the Three Bones, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Four Corners of the Mind, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Five Bones of Creation, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 40 H X 26 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Six Bones Under, 2015 Mixed Media on Paper 26 H X 40 W Inches © © Denise Weaver Ross, 2015
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
St. Paul
Birth year
1957
Lives in
Albuquerque
Works in
Albuquerque
Schools
University of Massachusetts, 1982, MFA
Wheaton College, 1979, BA
Oconomowoc High School, 1975, Diploma
Representing galleries
Tags
mixed-media, surrealism
Statement

STATEMENT

Drawing on her experience as a graphic designer, printmaker and poet, Denise weaves layers of archetypes, myths, and personal experience into colorful, complex images. The work exhibits cubist strands in the use of simultaneous perspective as well as the flattening and fracturing of the image; surrealist strands similar to Chagall's dreamlike and thematic imagery; and strands from ancient art such as Egyptian and Byzantine iconography.  Finally, it combines autobiographical, historical, cultural, and decorative elements into a unified tapestry.

In this work, Denise is recreating the entire deck of cards as 26-by-40-inch mixed-media (primarily water-soluble oil pastel and pencil) works on paper. The Heart Suit combines her personal story with Egyptian and Tarot images. Clubs became the Tree Suit incorporating myth and story from different cultures with the artist’s experience of both the natural and symbolic world of trees. Her current show, “My Heart is in the Trees,” exhibits the complete Heart and Tree Suits. She has transformied the diamond suit into a Star Suit with a focus on celestial bodies and constellations and the way they are viewed from a variety of perspectives. Finally, she is transforming the spades into a Bone Suit, with a focus on combining fossil prehistory with the Day of the Dead imagery.

EXHIBITIONS

2015
(National Juried Exhibition ) Cupid's Arrow
WHEELHOUSE ART
In conjunction with SANTA FE ART SCAPE
Juried by Bruce Helander

Santa Fe, New Mexico

2014
(Invitational) SELECTIONS
The "New" Old School House Gallery
San Antonito, New Mexico

(Group Show) From Without and Within
Back Street Bistro
Santa Fe, New Mexico

(Invitational) Becoming: One Thing Leads to Another
Luanem Gallery at the Menaul School
Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Digital Invitational) SeeMeTakeover Times Square 2014
New York, New York

(Solo Show) Trees in My Heart, Stars in My Eyes
The Source for Creating Sacredness
Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Invitational) Vet Visions and Voices
Tortuga Gallery
Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Invitational) Schoolhouse: Rock, Paper, Scissors
The Old Schoolhouse Gallery
San Antonito, New Mexico

(Solo Show) My Heart is in the Trees
Tortuga
Albuquerque, New Mexico

2013

(Invitational) Open Studio
TEDxABQ, Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Invitational) Creatives Rising
See|Me Gallery, Digital Exhibit
New York, New York

(Invitational) The Story of the Creative
See|Me Gallery, Digital Exhibit
New York, New York

(Solo Show) MW by NE by SW
New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery,
Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Invitational) Print: Albuquerque
A selection of prints form New Mexico Artists
William Platz Gallery at the
Southwest University of Visual Arts
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Artist Catalogue:
A Quarterly Publication for Emerging Artists
Spring 2013: Volume 2 Issue 1

2012
(Group Show) Show of Generosity
New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery,
Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Group Exhibition) Gravure – The Chameleon of Printmaking
New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery,
Albuquerque, New Mexico

2010
(Juried Exhibition): Walk on the Wild Side
The Wooden Cow Gallery & Art Space
Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Traveling Group Exhibition: Made in New Mexico
Sarala's Art Centre, Chennai, India

(Invitational): The Art of Community
Silent Auction of artworks to benefit Peanut Butter & Jelly
SCA Contemporary Art
Albuquerque, New Mexico

2009
Banner Contribution
The Urban Forest Project: Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

(Traveling Group Exhibition): Made in New Mexico
Open Studio, Toronto, Canada
University of Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Laurent Schkolnyk, Nantes, France

(Juried Exhibition): WordPlay
The Wooden Cow Gallery & Art Space
Albuquerque, New Mexico

2008
(Traveling Group Exhibition): Made in New Mexico
Wolverhampton College, Wolverhampton, England
Proyecto Ace Dirrección, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2007
(Group Exhibition): New Work by New Artists
New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery,
Albuquerque, New Mexico

1993
(Juried Exhibiton): National Highlights '93,
Limner Gallery, New York, New York

1992
(Solo Exhibition): Mangames,
A.RC. Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

(Group Exhibition): Corporate Ninjas, No Turtles,
Bridgewater State College, Rondileau Campus Center Art Gallery,
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

(Solo Exhibition): Bound and Gagged,
McHenry County Collge Art Gallery
Crystal Lake, Illinois

1989
(Solo Exhibiton): Mangames,
Adams Hall Gallery, Wheaton College, Illinois

(Solo Exhibiton): Rock, Paper, Scissors,
Bridgewater State College, Rondileau Campus Center Art Gallery,
Bridgewater, Massachusetts

1987
(Juried Exhibition): Berkshire Art Association
1987 Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture
Berkshire Art Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

1986
(Solo Exhibition): To be continued...,
Kingston Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

(Invitational): Innocence Show,
Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy, Milton, Massachusetts

1985
(Invitational): In the Pink,
Tweed Gallery, New Jersey

1984
(Group Show): On the Wall, Off the Wall,
Boston Visual Artists Union, Boston, Massachusetts

1982
(MFA Thesis Solo Exhibition): Wish You Were Here!
Herter Gallery, Amherst Massachusetts

Collections
Proyecto Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
University of New Mexico Foundation, Albuquerque
Wolverhampton College, Wolverhampton, U.K.

Reviews and Honorable Mentions

Albuquerque Journal Arts review
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Steady rise of ABQ art exhibits exemplify growth and maturity by Wesley Pulkka

Albuquerque Journal Arts review
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Playing cards carry symbolism by Wesley Pulkka

Alibi
V.23 No.6 | February 6 - 12, 2014
Arts Feature
My Heart Is in the Trees
And under a giant sea bird

By Gail Guengerich

New Mexico Art Review, February, 2104
"Opening One's Heart"
by Chuck Lathrop

Local IQ: Smart Arts Feature
My Heart is in the Trees: Denise Weaver Ross
Sunday, 26 January 2014
By Mike English

Publications

2014
House of Cards: The Heart Suit

Art and Poetry by Denise Weaver Ross

Artist Portfolio Magazine, March 31, 2014
Art by Denise Weaver Ross from Albuquerque, NM

2013
Lake Weed (poem)
Solstice Initiative, Second Edition (Aqueous), 2013

Poems Underwater
How to Survive the Space-Time Continuum
(poem, painting, and prose)

Three Poems from the Heart Suite
Rafting the River, Cerulean Blue
and Heart Transplant

Sunday Poem: Ditchrider Blog in dukecityfix.com
featured on June 9, 2013

The Artist Weekly
Black Cat Publications
Featured in Volume 2, Issue 10, May 26, 2013

Fire Season (poem)
Abridged 0 – 32: Lockjaw, 2013

Seasalt for Solistice (poem)
Solstice Initiative, First Edition, 2013

Midwest by Northeast by Southwest
Art and Poetry by Denise Weaver Ross

The Artist Catalogue:
A Quarterly Publication for Emerging Artists
Spring 2013: Volume 2 Issue 1