Denise was born in Canada and she studied at the University of Quebec in Montreal and Eastern Michigan University. She has entered her work in juried shows and won recognition for her art. Denise has exhibited her work for many years. Last year, Denise’s work was chosen by the 2018 Spotlight on Wake Forest Artists Contest to be on display for a year.  Denise has been painting or over 45 years using a variety of mediums, but oil paint it what is closest to her heart. She enjoys the discovery of what begins to appear on canvas, the mixing of colors and the smell of the oils. She uses a palette knife to apply her paint. She feels that painting is a form of meditation. Her emotions influence the colors. When she paints, time doesn’t exist, she is in a world of her own making and at peace. Denise hopes to share this feeling with others.


Drawing and Painting 

Diana Johnson is a retired graphic designer. She moved to the Wake Forest area eight years ago from Florida.   Diana moved for the change of seasons and the proximity to the mountains and the coast, which give her inspiration for her art. Her favorite medium is graphite pencil, but her other mediums are colored pencil, ink and watercolor. Her favorite subjects are animals and nature, especially trees. Most of her drawings of trees are a combination of the natural flow of nature and the influence Zen tangle. “I love color in nature, but sometimes it gets in the way of the inspiration or interrupts what I am trying to infuse in my art.  So pen, ink, or graphite pencils are a wonderful way to show textures, movement and feelings.”  Diana lives with her husband and cherished beagle.  She has a grown daughter who also lives in the area.



Florence “Flossie” Hoy is the daughter of a 20-year veteran of the Air Force who served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Flossie is a retired art teacher with 22 years of experience. She began teaching art in Fairfax County, Virginia in 1988. She retired from full time teaching in 2010. Flossie received her BFA from Bridgewater College, VA.  She was certified in Art K-12 from James Madison University. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing a Masters of Art. She attended Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C. and the North Carolina State University for course work in Photography and computer graphics. She completed training in boththe International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the Middle years Program.  Flossie taught Studio Art, IB art, Black & White photography, Digital photography, Computer Graphics and Animation. She was a member of the Fairfax Education Association (FEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). Flossie served as Department Chair for over half of her teaching career. During that time, she wrote a grant proposal in partnership with the National Museum of Women in the Arts for a project called “Bridging 2 Communities: Developing Friendship and Photographs. The initiative resulted in 56 inner city 4th grade and rural high school students work exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Along with teaching Photography and Adobe Photoshop for The Joel Fund, Flossie is a Docent for the North Carolina Museum of Art conducting tours for school age students. She resides in Raleigh, NC.