High Season in Tucson. Challenging days for outdoor painting.
My Tucson Barrio Painting Group is starting later in the day because of the colder temps in the mornings.
Here's to a prosperous New Year.
I have a new gallery affiliation starting in February. More news to follow


Tucson Desert Art Museum -Four Corners Gallery Tucson AZ
Tubac Center for the Arts

Tubac AZ ongoing

Xanadu Gallery- on line
7039 E.Main St #101 
Scottsdale AZ





Light & Shadow SPAP juried show

Agua Caliente Ranch House Art Gallery March 3-April 4,2018
Agua Caliente Park in conjunction with the Pima County National Resources Parks
Open Studios of Santa Cruz County , Tubac Golf Resort Featured Artist

Women Artists of the West Show in Fredericksburg Texas. March, April & May 2017
Sonoran Plein Air Painters group show St.Phillips Plaza
Campbell & River Rd Tucson AZ  Jan-Feb 2017
First Place Winner at the Black Range Artist Plein Air Show 2016


Denyse has been featured in Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden Magazine & the Arizona Daily Star.

Supporter of TROT, American Cancer Society, Long Realty Cares Foundation
UofA Art Museum-Bouquets to Art, Humane Society
Her work is collected locally, nationally & internationally in private collections.













Cards of my images are available at the Tubac Center for the Arts gift shop & Desert Artisans Gallery on Tanque Verde in Tucson



Available for Demos/Talks/Commissions Accepted 








Some of my favorite places to paint in Tucson are the barrio areas of town. The heart of Tucson can be found in the adobe homes and narrow lanes.

17th Street

Barrio Tucson

oil on board


Most of what you see are my painting around the area of Southern AZ where I live. Winters are frosty in the mornings(we're high desert). Summers are hot, so I have been going out at 6:30 in the morning to capture the sights. The light and then the heat are big factors to plein air painting in the Summer here.

The working women here are engaged with nature,spirituality and politics. Using the female figure as an iconic image, I take a common visual image and arrange it into conceptually layered pieces. Angel,goddess,queen... strong women roles. 

I've been exploring the mystique of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the cult status coming from Mexico. Various themes; sacred & pagen/ woman & mother/ goddess & queen. My Guadalupes are strong images,engaging you directly in their sights. Compassionate and comforting. I've expanaded into images of head studies, angels, queens as well as my Madonna of Tucson.

Traditional and not traditional roles for women; cowgirls, circus performers.

A selection of sold paintings
Denyse Fenelon
Paintings done in my studio
The Japanese word Notan (dark-light) is a guiding principle
of Eastern Art. It focuses on the interaction between positive and negative space. My series of chair paintings explores the objects and their shadows.The American Dream paintings are of a comfy chair with a sleeping pet.
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 07.31.2005 Section: At Home Artist's touch: Switch plates, intense bathrooms, artwork make painter's home a living exhibit Photos by Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star Denyse Fenelon was left with nowhere to paint her signature oil portraits when remodeling her home, so she began painting on furniture around the house. By Rebecca Boren SPECIAL TO THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR While their Tanque Verde Valley home was being remodeled, Denyse Fenelon and Don Peters lived for six months in the guesthouse that is normally her art studio. Left with nowhere to paint her signature oil portraits of chairs, Denyse turned to painting dollhouse furniture. Then she began painting on actual furniture that was just sitting around the house, looking undistinguished. Today, a collection of tiny armoires, painted in jewel tones and stencil designs, sits on a brightly-colored bookcase in the art studio. Outside the not-quite-finished home, several wooden chairs, each painted a rainbow of colors, occupy the patio. Denyse has begun selling her painted chairs, as well as her chair paintings. While her official art is on view through Oct. 2 as part of the "Light & Shadow" exhibit at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, the home Fenelon and Peters share is a living exhibit of another kind of art - how a painter is using her talents to decorate and personalize more than 4,000 feet of living and working space. Fenelon and Peters moved to Tucson from Berkeley, Calif., three years ago. She paints and sells real estate out of Long Realty Company's Foothills office. He quit real estate to build hand-launched gliders at home and is now one of the top manufacturers of radio-controlled "sailplanes." When the couple decided to move to the Baked Apple, he wound up doing the house hunting on Sundays. When he first saw the 1978 burnt adobe they now own, he disliked it so much he almost didn't bother taking pictures to show her. There was the dark galley kitchen, wall-to-wall carpets and a pointless enormous entryway. But on the flight home, his attitude softened as he contemplated the two big workshops for him, the guest house for her - and the wonderful location just at the city limits. She figured "I'd bought the last house," so it was his turn to choose. They had lived here a year - and Denyse had just gotten rid of the last of 200 moving boxes - when Peters told her to pack up, it was time to remodel. Denyse started small on the home-decorating front - sanding down and painting wooden switch plates in bright acrylics. In contrast to the kitschy switch plate covers you usually see, hers tend to be abstract designs inspired by Southwest weaving. An entryway niche acquired a colorful coating of blues and greens touched with gold because, well, because it looked like it needed painting. Bathrooms are intense, faux-painted colors like a rosy crimson and turquoise. Seasonal wreaths decorate the front door. And out in the art studio, Denyse Fenelon has gone Southwest, too. Instead of pictures of chairs, she is now busy painting portraits of the Virgin Mary.