Starting your day with yoga, then volunteering at your local dog shelter before sitting down and creating art may sound like a dream come true, but for DENY artist Caroline Okun, that’s her every day. We were able to catch up with Caroline and get the details on what keeps her creative and how she does what she does.


How do you stay creative?

When I’m happy I’m creative, so I will do things to help me relax and bring joy to my life. I take a lot of walks as a moving meditation to keep my mind still yet focused. I also volunteer at my local shelter. Spending time with the dogs there makes me very happy and rejuvenates my creative flow. There’s nothing like kisses from puppies to put you in a great mood!

What are you inspired by?

I’m inspired by the curious and the clever. It’s hard to be creative, but really difficult to make it smart and witty at the same time. For example films by Baz Luhrmann really inspire me by their mix of color, sound and movement – it’s all visual and aural poetry.

What is your favorite trend and how have you incorporated it into your designs?

Bold geometric repeats feel right to me recently. I start with a simple shape and use color to create a mood. I tend to like very bright colors and those that clash like pink and red or purple and brown.


What is the story behind your favorite design in your DENY gallery?

Betacyan is my favorite design because it’s not what it seems. There’s kind of an “aha!” moment when you realize what it is you’re looking at. The hyper-real colors are fun and more typical of a child’s coloring book than vintage woodcut drawings which strove to replicate nature.

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    1. I’m 75 as of yesterday, and just fell in love for the first time this last year. I would love to know how to contact Caroline to do a saying for me to give to the new man in my life. He’s a month younger than me and he teases me about it all the time. I am the younger woman. Can she contact me? Many Thanks! Penny

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