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Meet Denisse Wolf of Denisse Wolf in North Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denisse Wolf.

Denisse, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I like to think that I’ve always been an artist. As a child – I had no interest in dolls or toys – all I wanted was to draw and to have every color in my wooden box that I cherished like it were full of gold. As I grew up I knew I wanted to pursue a career where I could be creative.

Society tells you what you should and shouldn’t do with your life, I almost studied criminal law because I was told I would not be able to make a living in the art world. I wanted to be a fine artist but because of fear of ending up drawing people in a park, or face painting at kids parties – I chose graphic design career (the closest thing, or so I thought to be an artist).

I jumped into that field as fast as I could with all that I had and ended up in a corporate job until I became Graphic Design Director for a company that I would have never voluntarily picked. I hated it. I was no longer a creative – it was just a 9-5 job that had nothing that was making me grow. So I quit.

Shortly after that my father passed and I felt so unbearably lost. I turned to my first love – drawing. This time with paint, something I had never done before and I felt found.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I believe that when you find your calling things just feel and ARE right. My road as an artist has been smooth but my own insecurities are what make things bumpy – sometimes straight up big ditches that will pop your tires. It’s truly a challenge to put yourself out there and expose what and who you are.

Social media is all glitz and glamour but you can’t really know someone through just a pretty picture. I struggled for a while to display my work because I felt like people would really see me and what if they didn’t like me? Time management is also a struggle. I envy the folks that are so naturally organized – I have to really try so I can manage myself.

Lastly – finding or being inspired is not as easy as you think. At least for me, it’s not. I’m so obnoxiously moody – that it interferes with my productivity. Sorry not sorry.

Please tell us about Denisse Wolf.
I am a Contemporary Artist. I specialize in portraits – colorful – loud – in your face colors that hopefully stay in your mind for a while. There’s a growing artist community in San Diego and its fun to see how everyone has their own style. Mine is facing. I love them – I focus on capturing their eyes. Illustrating is something I do a lot of but not always share. Those are more personal.

I’m proud most of all, of putting myself out there in a world that is so competitive – there is some crazy talent out there but I believe I have something to say and lots to show.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I one hundred percent would have gone to an art school since childhood – taken the nonsense out of the picture and just focused on refining what I loved and what I had to offer.

I definitely would not have gone to a Catholic school – and most likely would have chosen a different city.

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1 Comment

  1. Sarah Decker

    July 28, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Lovely artwork, keep striving & creating! Whats your main goal? 🙂

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