Not often does someone walk into your life and spark a little piece of your heart that you didn’t realize was dulled. Our Corporate Artist, Denise Hopkins is that spark. Her story is one of perseverance, love, and an unrelenting determination to follow a dream. We’re so proud of her, we thought we’d brag a bit…
We all go through moments of loss and Denise’s story is no different. A few years back, she found herself divorcing with surmounting debt and a rocking little boy on the way. But, she also had a passion for painting and was determined to pursue a life that could be sustained by her talent.
She swallowed her pride and moved back home to be with her parents who could [thankfully] help her raise her baby boy while she found work. Then, Denise stumbled across a Craigslist post that would change the course of her life. She found Painting with a Twist… or rather, we were lucky enough to have her find us.
The moment Denise stepped into the studio the first time, she was a natural. Even though, being on the studio stage wasn’t a comfortable place for her at first. She overcame those feelings and showed a level of empathy for her painting guests that made everyone feel at ease. Her spark shone brightly.
Years later, Denise has helped us open numerous studios all over the country and continues to spread her joy and touch lives throughout the entire company.
Today, Denise still works with us part time as a traveling artist and picks up classes every now and then, but her full-time job is a commissioned oil painter. She grew her business through a program called, 30 Paintings in 30 Days and on day 15 she sold her first piece. Denise hasn’t looked back.
Her home is filled with paintings and she actively works every day on her practice. Denise also paints live at events so she’s got her hands full. Last year, she bought her first home… all by herself.
Passion, determination, and the will to win. Her spark. We adore you, Denise. Thank you for being part of our PWAT family.