Denise Strahm Photo

Based in San Diego, California, award-winning fine art photographer, Denise Strahm, is best known for capturing the romanticism of a scene in simple graphic contemporary compositions.

With a fondness for texture-rich subjects, old churches and peaceful settings, Denise’s photographs are bursting with qualities reminiscent of impressionist and abstract paintings. A true fine artist with a camera, Denise draws from her 25+ years in graphic design to create images that are framed in compositions that appeal to one’s sense of design.

Denise prefers architectural subject matter devoid of human presence. Although there are usually imprints of human existence, she rarely includes the people themselves in the scene.

It has been suggested that Strahm might be called a Digital Secessionist, a likeness to the Photo Secessionists of the early 20th Century. The Secessionists went to some pains to make photographs look more like paintings, and to give their images a feel of something more than a simple record of a scene. It is a common occurrence in her studio/gallery to overhear a visitor saying, “is this a painting or a photograph?”

Denise’s work has been displayed in galleries and institutions throughout Southern California since 2005, and  is always welcoming new opportunities to showcase her art.

When in San Diego, visit Strahm’s studio/gallery space located in Studio #2 at the beautiful Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park. The gallery is located at 1770 Village Place and is open seven days a week, 362 days a year from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Northern Illinois University
Major:  Degree in Graphic Arts Technology – Design Emphasis
Minor:  Art