Learn from a master artist


Deny has forged a career in art that encompasses a passionate and sincere aesthetic. She pursues harmony, technical excellence, and classical beauty in all its forms.

Raised in Sydney and Canberra in the quiet suburbs of 1960’s Australia, Deny spent her young adult life travelling and living in Europe and America for many years, painting on the streets of Paris and New Orleans, where she gained her lifelong love of portraiture. She then returned to Australia in the late 1970’s and spent the next thirty years building a family home and a career on the South Coast of New South Wales. Here she found the time and space to expand her practice in portraiture and gained much recognition for the skill and dedication she applied to classical technique, which at the time was not highly regarded in the mainstream art world.

A change of scene to Hobart in 2013 saw the establishment of the first iteration of the New School of Classical Painting, as Deny responded to the conversations she had about the shortcomings of training in classical and foundational techniques in fine arts training.

The New School of Classical Painting is the culmination of a lifetime spent observing, learning and striving for a kind of quiet eloquence rarely seen in the modern art world.

The School represents Deny’s heartfelt desire to share her hard-earned skills and pass on what she has learned to new artists from all walks of life.


 Career Highlights and Awards

  • 1999 Winner Archibald Packing Room Prize - Portrait Garry McDonald, “National Living Treasure”.

  • Commissioned to paint State Portrait of former Tasmania Premier Lara Giddings 2014, hangs in Tasmanian State Parliament.

  • Portrait Dr. Robyn William (Broadcaster, scientist and Director of Australian Museum ), hangs in Australian Museum, Sydney.

  • Portia Geach Highly Commended, 1974. Dr. Derek Lewellyn - Jones.

  • David Berry Inaugural Portrait Prize.

  • Over 80 commissioned portraits, for private and state collections.