Award winning artist Denise Athanas grew up in Ethiopia and Greece and spent her school years in Sudan and Great Britain. She moved to the US 55 years ago and now lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Her life experiences of the sights, sounds and local color around the world inform the award winning paintings she creates, which are full of bold colors and lines. She discovered that her style was not to paint realistically but rather to paint in abstract. Her painting process is intuitive, spontaneous and gestural.
Athanas has been featured in several art magazines and art books as Watercolor Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, AcrylicWorks1, AcrylicWorks3 and Journeys to Abstraction.
In addition to the American Watercolor Society (AWS), National Watercolor Society (NWS), Watercolor-USA Honor Society (WHS) she has earned Signature status in over 20 national societies including the Allied Artists of America (AAA).
Athanas’ work has been selected and exhibited in numerous national/international exhibitions receiving over 100 top awards, including
The Mario Cooper/Dale Meyer Award & Medal - American Watercolor Society 2013 Loa Sprung Abstract Award - National Watercolor Society 2014
AAA Silver Medal Award of Excellence - Allied Artists of America 2014
First Place Abstract/Experimental Competition Award - The Artist’s Magazine 2013 First Place Award - San Diego Watercolor Society 2010
Best of Show - Pittsburgh Watercolor Society 2014
First Place Award - Watercolor Arts Society-Houston 2015