Denise Orzo was born in Queens, New York in 1972, and spent her early years on Long Island, dually informed by the ocean’s formidable expansiveness and suburbia’s oppressive myopia. She works primarily in the wild, alchemical medium of encaustic paint, often converting drawings & historical photographs into stencils to embed images into paper, employing repetition & series to explore archetype & allegory. Her stark imagery expresses mirrors & projections of this earthling experience; examining the myriad greys in concepts of nature, woman as creator/destroyer, chance, beauty, violence and the other. Orzo received a BFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz in 1996. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Oo Gallery, R&F Gallery, The Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, Kingston Sculpture Biennial, and other Hudson Valley venues, publications, & album covers. The artist currently lives and works in Kingston, New York.