Denise Ivey Telep’s professional journey began in 1975 at Ohio University. As a photography and painting major, her first commercial commission, on her painting professor’s referral, was a 25’x 9′ coal mining mural in Athens, Ohio, for Steppes Beauticians CEO.
Denise created a Site Specific arts company to sustain her creative energies until being offered a position as photographer for a Professional Photography Studio. Within a short time she was promoted to Regional management to train supervisors where Denise wrote a training manual designed for photographers and managers to improve performance and customer relations, along with writing and producing a video training series.
The time came to return to her first love and Denise left the photography profession to “re-energize” her site specific art company and “Art Solutions”, a custom fine art company was born. The “Art Solutions” mission was to create a clearing house for artists uniting the seeker of art with an artist who could custom create and design pieces that were specific to the buyer’s location. Soon Art Solutions employed over 40 artists in various disciplines as independent contractors. Denise secured the commissions and her “on the spot” design ability produced the rough concept sketch that helped clients visualize. Clients loved her talent to bring tangibility to what they were expressing in addition to her ability to select the precise artist to fit their need. Art Solutions’s first public art event was the “Canvasing Cleveland” mural held at Cleveland Riverfest 1987, where participants used sponges and cups of color to individually create in their own personal space, but had to collaborate with their neighbors on their left and right to unite their imagery, guided by local artists.
Denise Ivey Telep’s personal commissions have included Cleveland firms, Kennametal, Inc, Conversion Resources, Aitheras Aviation, Landmark Office Towers, The Cleveland Clinic, Laurelwood treatment facility, Farro Enterprises, Lake County Pediatric Dentists, Great Lakes Dentistry, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Brown Memorial Hospital, Goddard Schools, Summit Specialists and more, along with hundreds of residential and out of state clients. Local Interior Design firms have commissioned Denise to produce artwork that enhanced their environments, as well.
In 2000, DaySpring Cards used Telep’s design as their 25th Anniversary Edition Christmas Card, and for many years after. In 2017, the card will be reprinted once again. In 2005, Telep began producing smaller works for Gallery exhibition, the first of which was “Hijira Gate”. Hijira Gate was a symbol of her departure from a primarily contract art career into the universe of personal work depicting personal vision.
2017 continues in an expanding direction for Telep as she continues to create custom murals and site specific fine art for residential and commercial customers along with teaching young artists in after school enrichment programs as well as giving private lessons at her home studio.
“Life and art is about stretching and growing and allowing ideas to flow. Creativity is spontaneous and brilliant and fluid. I paint whatever inspires me; light, the landscape, experimental media, with a personal emphasis on translucent glazes creating complex color layers. And I want my students to find their own voice, with that same kind of openness of discovery .”
Denise provides free consultations for new mural and faux finishing work and can be reached at 440-230-2001. New students may contact Denise for private instruction at her home studio in scenic North Royalton, Ohio. She and her husband Mike, have two children, Tim and Elisabeth, both talented visual artists.