Our feature local artist, Denise Guthery, grew up in New Castle and graduated from Neshannock High School. After being away for many years, Denise returned to our beautiful corner of the world when her husband passed away. She now lives on the north hill area of New Castle. She has a daughter and two grandchildren that live in Illinois. However, the majority of her family had continued to reside in the New Wilmington area, and as she said, “it will always feel like home.” Just this past summer, Denise retired from the Admissions Office at Westminster College after being there for 17 years. And now has much more time to focus on her passion – photography!
Denise’s interest in photography began when her aunt gave her a camera for her 9th birthday. Her love of preserving memories through photographs is in her DNA – she has collected family photos starting from the mid- 1800s! Her joy of capturing special moments eventually extended to film when she and her husband started a small, part-time video production business. With the rise of digital photography, Denise’s attention was brought back to stills. After taking some classes at Westminster, she found that she also enjoyed the editing process from slight enhancements to creating extreme manipulations. Now one of her favorite places to be is in her car…
“I really love going on back road drives looking for interesting photo ops, mostly of nature, but I also like to find interesting houses, buildings, street scenes – from the Amish to city buildings, parks, even urban decay. I have a list of specific images I am always on the lookout for – like churches, barns, animals, flowers, trees, old buildings/architecture, sun/moon shots, lakes, waterfalls – I keep adding to the list!”
In addition to wider landscape photography, Denise also enjoys the challenge of macro shots. She has entered local photography contests and has won two first place awards. While still just a hobby, Denise does have some of her prints for sale at The Tavern on the Square, and The Jacqueline House has several of her works displayed for their guests to enjoy. You may have also seen Denise’s pictures in a local magazine, calendar, as well as featured in an article about the Amish in the Washington Post!
If you are interested in viewing and/or purchasing Denise’s work, she is best contacted through her Facebook page.