Denise Barela

Artist Reception for Denise Barela
Friday, December 5, 5 to 7 pm

A graduate of NMSU with a degree in biology, Denise Barella will display her nature drawings in the El Paso Electric Gallery at the Rio Grande Theatre during the month of December, 2014. An Artists’ Reception will 2take place in the El Paso Electric Gallery from 5 to 7pm during the First Friday Downtown ArtRamble. Please join us for this wonderful exhibit, meet the artist and get a first hand look at the artistic process. Regular exhibit hours are 9am–5pm, Monday through Friday.

“I began drawing when I was about 14 years old. My
father, Roberto Gomez, was a good artist as well as
my brother, Rudy Gomez. But it was my father who1
encouraged me to practice drawing. He bought me Doug Lindstrands Sketch Book. I was living in Anchorage, Alaska at the time and was inspired by his artwork of Alaskan scenery and wildlife.”

“I loved to draw charcoal sketches of wildlife. I took
Art in High School and when I attended NMSU, I
took a few drawing classes where I learned about3
different art mediums. I tend to prefer charcoal and
soft pastels. I have tried painting, but I like the detail in drawing animals.”

“In the past 3 years, I began to draw again. I have
enjoyed sharing my work with my friends and family on social networks and displaying my artwork at
home and in my office.”

“I have always made drawings for friends and
family for gifts or by special requests. I was a
Board Member of the Las Cruces Nature Park,
now called Ambrosio Institutewhile attending
NMSU and was commissioned to draw a
Mountain Lion to raffle off during our Earth
Day Event. Sunwest Bank donated funds to
have 500 prints made and donations went to
the Nature Park.”

“I never had any drawings I kept for myself.
But almost everything I have done recently has
been to keep for my home. I work full time so
all my artwork is done late at night or on weekends.
I could easily stay up all night drawing if
I could!” ~ Denise Barela