I have had the privilege and joy of making my living for 32 years painting sets and backdrops for prominent theater, opera, children shows and more. But, I have loved children’s books and their illustrations my whole life. I have spent many hours pouring over ,admiring and studying them.

Having raised children and coming from a large family I’ve been around children my whole life. Their curiosity and perspective fascinates, charms and inspires me. This plus painting on countless children shows all these years has helped me develop a style I wish to continue to cultivate. My work is rendered by hand, usually in watercolor, gouache, pen and ink. I have so many ideas whirling around my head that i would like to explore, while I also look forward to collaborating with others.   I am thrilled to begin this new journey. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it. I would love to have you follow me on my path.

I am a current member of SCBWI and continue to explore illustration opportunities.


Work Experience :                                                                                                                                                                      

The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Mn. 1997/1998 season-Current,  staff Scenic Artist since 2002

Vee Productions, VStar, Minneapolis Mn.: Sesame Street and other popular Childrens shows.1995-2002

Heritage Display/Backgrounds, Minneapolis Mn.: Buena Vista Television (Disney) convention displays for Saturday morning cartoons 1995-2002

Minnesota Opera, Mpls, St. Paul MN. 4 productions since 1995

Childrens Theater Co. Minneapolis Mn. 2 productions 1993

Dayton Hudson’s (Marshal Fields, Macy’s): Auditorium Christmas and spring Flower shows based on classic children’s stories including Maurice Sendak, Tommie de Paola, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Curious George” and “Harry Potter”  1985-2005

International Institute of Minnesota, Festival of Nations

Murals and Trompe l”oeil, residential and commercial

Ho Chunk Casino, Bearboo Wi. (Circus Theme), Theater Latada, and more.



University of Minnesota: Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and Art History                1985

Minneapolis College Of Art And Design:  Course in Illustration                       April  2016


 Contact Information:

E-Mail: denisedooley58@gmail.com

Instagram: @denisedooleyillustrations

Facebook: @deniseanneillustrations