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Meet Denise Smith of Traces of Color in Carrollton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Denise Smith.

Denise, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always been creative, and as a child, loved doing all kinds of crafts. I relocated from California to Dallas in 2016 with my employer, Toyota, when they moved their headquarters, and shortly thereafter, became a first-time homeowner. I finally had the space to dedicate to crafting and art! I transformed my fourth bedroom into an art studio, which has incredible natural light and plenty of room to be creative. I started seeing fluid art trending online, which piqued my curiosity, as I had never heard of it before. I began watching a lot of videos, purchased some supplies and decided to try my hand at it. That quickly transcended to working with resin, which is now my main medium; however, most of my pieces are mixed medium. I used to live a few blocks from the ocean, and my love for it (and the beach) runs deep. Most of my work is ocean-inspired, which brings a feeling of serenity and closeness to while creating.

Over the past two years, I’ve continued to experiment with different materials to obtain various chemical reactions and expand my creativity further, created and designed a website, registered my business with the state, have an Etsy shop, and my sales and commission requests are steadily increasing.

Has it been a smooth road?
Starting a business can definitely have some struggles along the way, including where to even begin. The cost of art supplies can be very pricey, so I had to start off very small and build as time went on. As an artist, you tend to be your own worst critic, so that’s been a struggle when self-critiquing my work.

We’d love to hear more about your art.
I’m a self-taught artist specializing in abstract fluid art, most of which is inspired by the ocean. I’m known for my realistic depiction of ocean/beach scenes and frothy waves. I’m most proud that I put my heart and soul in every piece I produce, and all are labors of love. Everyone is unique in their own right, and what sets me apart from others is simply my personal style of art and expressionism.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Our city has so much to offer for activities, art, and dining – it’s fabulous.

The least thing I like about our city is having dealt with some aggressive drivers.

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