Denise Rouleau was born and raised in Duluth, MN. Living and traveling in Europe as a young adult strongly influenced her academic and artists endeavors. She received her BA in International Relations and Italian Literature at the University of Minnesota. During a fifth year of study at the University of Bologna, she attended a Byzantine art course, which kindled a growing interest in medieval art and architecture. Denise returned to Italy to study traditional mosaic methods at the Cooperative Mosaica in Ravenna. In 2015, she completed MN NICE Program certification. She currently maintains a studio in Minneapolis and is working on a series of archeological vignettes, or oracles, in paper clay and mixed media that reveal some clues about the cycles of life and our complicated relationship with nature in our urban environment.