ABOUT DENISE ORTAKALES

  • A graduate of The Art Institute of Boston, Denise Ortakales works as a freelance illustrator. Her award-winning paper sculptures have appeared in consumer and business magazines, as well as children’s magazines. She has illustrated several children’s books, including Planets, Carrot in My Pocket and Good Morning, Garden. Denise is also the author of The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain published by Sleeping Bear Press.

    Denise is a life-long resident of Laconia, New Hampshire, where she lives with her husband and two sons. You can see more of her work on her website www.sculptedpaper.com.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • When I look at other people’s art, I am moved by evocative color and rich textures. I swoon over expressive line and quirky hand lettering. These are the things I strive for in my work. As much as I enjoy the three-dimensional paper sculptures that I create, I am also feeling a little 2D envy and am playing around with acrylics and watercolor.

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    Life in the Rainforest

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    Click Magazine

    2014

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    Light Me Up

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    ASK Magazine

    2014

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    Tale of the Whale

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    ASK Magazine

    2014

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    BugCycle

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    Click Magazine

    2013

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    Zebras at Night

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    Ladybug Magazine

    2009

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    Lucky

    (Illustration)


    Spider Magazine

    2007

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    Tails

    (Illustration)


    Wild Animal Baby Magazine

    2005

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    Freedom

    (Illustration)


    Spider Magazine

    2002

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    Mapping Time

    (Illustration)


    ASK Magazine

    2002

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    The North Wind and the Sun

    (Illustration)


    Click Magazine

    2001

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    A Tiny Drama

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    Ladybug Magazine

    2001

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    A Favorite Dessert

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    Cobblestone Magazine

    2000

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    Snow Day

    (Illustration)


    Spider Magazine

    2000

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    Tops Are Tops

    (Illustration)


    Click Magazine

    1999

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    Footprints

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    Spider Magazine

    1999

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    Animal Parade

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    Ladybug

    1999