We had the good fortune of connecting with Denise Giordano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Denise, how do you think about risk?
In the words of Paulo Coelho “Be Brave, Take Risks. Nothing Can Substitute Experience” I’ve pretty much been taking risk my entire life. Switching High School three different times in my ninth year, Deciding not to go to college and pursue a career in computer technology to leaving 3 months later to work for the American Stock Exchange on Wall Street. I allowed myself to grow in different areas and companies. Once I learned the skill set needed and processes I worked my way up to a manager running the department I moved onto another area only to start over. I think one of my major risks was leaving my home, family friends when I was offered a trading position for a top 5 energy company here in Houston. Plus the fact I had no trading experience. I thrive on learning and becoming an expert. That brings me to trading which is all about taking risks (buy low sell high). Needless to say it was the best decision I ever made. I’ve been here 20+ years and 4.5 yrs ago I took another risk to pursue my passion in art. Rented a studio at Sawyer Yards and have not stopped exploring and taking risks with my art. I’ve only just begun this journey. Without taking risks with my life choices or career I would not be where I am today. Retired and happily pursuing an art career. No Risk, No Story – dG
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In the words of Stella Adler “Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one”. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of eight I took a few art classes in the basement of a brownstone. The next time I would have an opportunity of pursuing art was high school. Art unfortunately would not be my chosen path at that time. Wall Street would pique my interest for the next 22 years. Then in 1999 I relocated to Houston after being persuaded to work as a trader at one of the top major Oil & Gas Companies. I used my creative side in each role over the course of my career which had undoubtedly added to my business success. Something to be said about using both sides of the brain. I then had an the opportunity to pursue my creative potential professionally as an emerging multidisciplinary artist. Self-taught and passionate. Exploring all mediums in 2D and 3D. I have been drawn to fire. The flame as it dances is at times unforgiving and for someone who has always been in control we make a great team. Therefore in most of my artwork you will find soot all though I do allow myself to create in all mediums. Including but not limited to digital art, watercolor and sculpting. In the last four and half years I have been blessed with being able to expand, create and think outside the box. I have been honored to be among other artists in juried shows such as the Big Show 2017, The VAA 17th Juried Invitational 2020 to mention a few, to most recently the Rockefeller Center Flag Project temporary art installation back in Aug of 2020 where 193 artists from around the world including Jeff Koons, Christian Siriano and Kaws design was selected from over thousands flew around the iconic ice rink. Only to be honored again to be flown from Jan 22 to Feb 11, 2021. I am blessed and grateful to be have become a member artist at Archway Gallery as well as The Art Nexus Group where my artwork can be exhibited.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Before residing in Houston I would come here for several business trips and always said that Houston has outstanding restaurants. Nothing like good food, cocktails and good conversations with people that matter the most. So whenever friends or family visited (before Covid-19) one of the first places would be El Tiempo for a real Tex-mex and margarita experience. But that’s just the beginning because another on the list would be Caracol where you get a real taste of Mexico. Brunch was always a biggie from a’Bouzy, Max’s Wine Dive, Brennan’s, Backstreet Cafe. Or perhaps a trip to the Menil with Bistro Menil afterwards. When in doubt there’s always a wine bar From 13 Celsius, Sonoma or Mutiny to name a few. The Weiss Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a must with MFAH, Rothko and the Holocaust Museum all come in a close second. Coltivare for dinner or perhaps Eight Row Flint and how could we not go to where I had my first ever studio, Silver Street Studio 108 to The Art Nexus at the Silos. Spend time catching up at EQ Heights and the tale a stroll through Archway Gallery. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Family, friends, co-workers and all those that have supported me through out my life/career. But last but not least my Mom and Dad who will always be my mentors.