Denise Kimbrough is unique among the artists found here at Art on the Green. Unlike most of our artists who are painters, Denise funnels her creativity through fusing glass. Denise Kimbrough grew up in Florida, but moved to Texas when she got married. She and her husband lived in San Antonio for 20 years before moving to Arkansas where they have now lived for 20 years as well. She attended college at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and has also attended several art schools including Southwest Art Institute which is also San Antonio. Denise and her husband have “two beautiful daughters, two beautiful son-in-laws and two beautiful, redheaded grandchildren.” She has worked with fused glass and an array of various mediums for over 30 years. Whether alone or in combination with each other, she uses fused glass, wood, pottery, and weaving as truly unlimited avenues for her artistic inspiration. She creates both decorative and functional pieces using colors, textures and shapes to create art. “The inception of every hand cut glass piece is always the anticipation of what is to come,” Denise said. “Bit by bit, the development of the work is the essence of the process, and, as the process continues there are the decisions and judgments that make the finished art what you hope it will be.” In addition to the spectacle of watching each shape and color come together, Denise also enjoys watching the heat of the kiln firings magically transform the glass pieces into something special. Denise and her husband, who she has been married to for 42 years, now live in Springfield, Arkansas. She taught pottery and infused glass at the Arkansas Art Institute in Little Rock for 14 years and still substitutes there when she has the opportunity. Now that all her children are grown, in addition to her art she enjoys spending time outside on their ten acre yard and in her garden. “Nature always inspires me,” Denise said. “I feel a little closer to the man upstairs every time I go outside.” Denise found Art on the Green through taking woodworking classes with our Artist-in-Residence, Parilee Croft. She taught fused glass art classes in our gallery classroom before becoming one of our artists in 2015.