• 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.


  • 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.

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