Denise was born in San Diego, California. Art was an important part of her life growing up. She lived in many different cities around the U.S. and in Spain, before settling in Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Barry University in Miami. She moved to the Tampa area in the 80’s and currently resides with her husband and two children in Holiday, Florida. She has a studio at home where she happily works as a potter and artist.