Denise graduated with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She was a freelance illustrator for several years with the New York Times, Double Day Books, Harlequin Books and several other prominent publishing companies before finding her calling as a portrait artist. Denise owes the success she has achieved in her career to the love and encouragement of her parents, and to the guidance and wisdom of her teacher John Frederick Murray. Denise studied with Mr. Murray for 11 years where she was trained in the classical and traditional manner of drawing and painting the figure.

In her formal portraits, Denise is not satisfied with just capturing a likeness of the sitter; she feels you must also be able to recreate the spirit that emanates from within.

In her informal portraits, Denise is able to capture on canvas those fleeting and innocent moments of childhood for her clients to treasure for a lifetime.

Denise has won numerous awards throughout her career including the prestigious Thora M. Jensen award for portraiture in a national competition held at the Hudson Valley Art Show. She is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists, the Hecksher Museum of Art, and the Huntington Council of Art.

Denise Franzino’s fine art has been represented by the following galleries:

  • The Lois Richards Gallery, Greenwich CT.
  • The Chrysallis Gallery, Southampton, NY.
  • Premier Fine Arts Gallery, New Hope, PA
  • The Robley Gallery, Roslyn, NY