Denise Willing-Booher 

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my story

​AWARDS

  • Kaleidoscope Show “Best of Show” 2017
  • Artist Magazine Annual Competition Finalist Landscape category 2017
  • 2nd Place Northville Arthouse Graded Wash Competition 2017
    Michigan Water Color Society Award 2017
  • National Watercolor Society Signature Membership 2016
  • Michigan Water Color Society Award 2016 2017
  • Flint Institute of Arts “Paint Out” People’s Choice Award 2015
  • Flint Institute of Arts “Paint Out” People’s Choice Award 2014 
  • Greater Flint Arts Council Annual Members Show “Honorable Mention” 2015
  • Greater Flint Arts Council Members Show “2nd Place” 2014
  • Michigan Water Color Society Award 2013
  • Kaleidoscope Show “Honorable Mention” 2015
  • Kiwanis Art Fair Fenton $1000 People’s Choice Award 2013
  • Michigan Water Color Society 2009 2012 2013 2016 2017


Commissions

  • Art of My Own
  • St. Joseph Mercy Health System
  • Michigan Transportation Authority
  • Genesys Health System
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • McLaren Hospital
  • Numerous Private Commissions
  • Several Commissions that are part of Federally Funded Collections

EXHIBITIONS

​Solo Exhibits

  • Brighton Chamber of Commerce 2017
  • Flint Institute of Arts, Founders Gallery  2016
  • Shiawassee Arts Center Feb./March 2016
  • Flint Institute of Arts, Founders Gallery 2015
  • Little Professor Book Store 10 Paintings 2006
  • Greater Flint Arts Council 15 Paintings 1988 1996 2003
  • Flint Public Library 12 Paintings 1999
  • The University of Michigan Hospital 14 Paintings 1996
  • Citizens Bank Gallery 15 Paintings 1995
  • Bishop International Airport 15 Paintings 1994
  • The Labor & Science Museum “Michigan at Work” 15 Watercolors and Video 1993
  • Two Man Exhibitions
  • Fandangles 15 Paintings 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  • The Edge Gallery Fenton 2010 2011 2012
  • Brighton District Library 2012
  • Greater Flint Arts Council 2010


Two Man Exhibitions

  • Fandangles 15 Paintings 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  • The Edge Gallery Fenton 2010 2011 2012
  • Brighton District Library 2012
  • Greater Flint Arts Council 2010


Juried Exhibitions

  • Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 2017
    Northville Art House Grade Wash Competition 2017
  • Michigan Watercolor Society 2009 2012 2013 2016 2017
  • National Watercolor Society International Exhibition 2016

  • ​Muskegon Museum of Art 88th Regional Exhibition 2016
  • Our Town, The Community Center 2014 2015 2016
  • Northville Art House 2016
  • ​Studio West Competition 2015 2016
  • Artprize 7 Fifth Third Bank 2015
  • UM Alumni Show Juried by DIA Curator  2014 2015
  • UM Dearborn Exhibit 2009 2013 2014 2015 2016
  • Shiawassee Arts Center Multi-Media Juried MI Competition 2013 2014 2015
  • EMU Master Show 2013
  • Art Harvest Show 2012 2013


Exhibitions

  • Buckham Gallery ArtPrize Exhibit February 2016
  • Buckham Gallery FAM Exhibit January 2016
  • Saginaw Art Museum 2016
  • ​Studio West 2016 2015 2014 2016 2017
  • Kettering Humanities Art Center 2015
  • Mott Community College Gallery 2015
  • East End Gallery Marshall 2014
  • Greater Flint Arts Council 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  • Kaleidoscope 2012 2013 2014 2015
  • First Merit Bank
  • Fenton Winery & Brewery
  • The Slusser Gallery UM Alumni Show 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
  • The Edge Gallery Fenton 2010 2011 2012
  • Genesys Spring Fest Exhibit 2006 2007
  • Flint Institute of Arts 2011 2012 2015 2016
  • North Shore Art Center 2007 2008 2009



Watercolors by

Biography

​​​Willing-Booher transforms unflattering, inanimate and living subjects into dynamic watercolor paintings. Taking our human perception of nature further into simple expressive shapes and lines. Utilizing creative composition, stroke and color she makes the commonplace captivating. Her images challenge societies view of what is considered beautiful.

Denise was born in Flint, Michigan. Her artist process began as a child watching her father and grandfather create stain glass windows and glass cut work. As a child she was inspired by classes her mother put her in at the Flint Institute of Arts. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan with post graduate work at Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University. Denise resides in Fenton with her husband and two children. Now, her primary source of inspiration for her watercolors comes from living by marsh lands, rich with vegetation and birds, as well as the beauty of nature and life around her.

Denise paints, teaches and displays her work in juried, solo and group shows. She has won regional and local juried and people’s choice awards. Denise’s paintings are in numerous corporate and private art collections. Denise is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and the NWS 1st VP–Awards as well as the President of the Michigan Water Color Society.