Denise Nonomura, PAC is an award winning pastel artist living in Stratford, Ontario. She graduated from college in the health care field but always had a love for art. In 2013, she formally explored her artistic ability by attending Sheridan College of Arts and Design, where she graduated with high honours in 2015 from the Fine Arts Continuing Education Program.
In January 2016 Denise retired from healthcare and re-purposed her lab coat into a paint smock! She now pursues her passion for pastel painting full time whether en plein air or painting in studio from photographs of her travels. In 2017 Denise attained her signature status from the Pastel Artists of Canada (PAC).
Denise’s pastels are exhibited at Sunset Arts Gallery in Grand Bend, at Stratford Art in the Park from May till September and are held in private collections in Canada, USA and Ireland. Her work has been exhibited in juried international pastel competitions in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as open medium competitions with Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), and in group and solo shows. She is a member of PAC, SCA and a juried active member of FCA.
“All too often our day to day lives keep us indoors far removed from the beauty that surrounds us. In my paintings I love to capture the uniqueness and light of the great outdoors utilizing various pastel techniques to present to the viewer a scene with wonderful colour and atmosphere. My works are representational and depict seascapes, landscapes and people enjoying our natural environment.” -Denise