In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.
My name is Denise Maritato and I was born and raised in New York. I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil with the support and encouragement of my grandmother, a fellow artist. In 2005, I graduated with honors from The Pratt Institute with a degree in Communications / Graphic Design.
After college, I completed a two year internship at a fashion company in Manhattan NY where I designed clothing tags, labels and packaging for hand bags and accessories. I then went on to design balloons for Anagram International and finally found a home working for Amscan Inc. designing halloween costume packaging for the retail chain Party City.
In 2006, I met my wonderful husband Mark and we just celebrated 8 years together! Mark is a historical fine artist and you can check out his work at www.maritato.com. About a year and a half ago, I fell in love again...this time with DeviantArt! This amazing and diverse community has been my muse, my second family and a home away from home. I have been blessed to be a part of some amazing and influential groups and projects and the many friendships I have made here are absolutely priceless to me! Thank you all for the love, praise and support and I look forward to working with you in the future!
Deviousness Award Winner
To say that Sserenita is a devious superstar would be an understatement. Denise is a hardworking deviant who goes out of her way to showcase individuals for their kindness as well as for their creative endeavors. In her time on DeviantArt, she has helped out with a number of Groups that range from artistic creation to promoting positivity and well-being, and in the midst of this she also makes time regularly to work on her own creations, maintaining an impressive balance of creative energy, self-growth, and passion for the community. We're honored to present the Deviousness Award for March of 2015 to Sserenita.
One look at Sserenita (Denise's) profile page will show you the caring and generous heart of this beautiful person. Her page is full of features and interviews with other artists, offers of help to anyone who needs it, and a long list of groups where she is an administrator. Even with this, the groups are not just the 'enter your art here' style of group, but ones where good is done for as many recipients as possible; public relations, tutorials, wishes granted, helping others to build the dA community, gain exposure with the hope of receiving Daily Deviations and so much more. Denise was recently awarded her 'Angels Without Wings' title and I am totally thrilled to see that she now, completely deservedly, is being awarded Deviousness. Congratulations dear Denise, this couldn't happen to a more beautiful and loving person.
Denise is a really amazing person! I've gotte to know her better through groups likedeviantHEART, she sure has a huge one, and CRCommunityProjects. She's always willing to help others, run things, and participate in great projects. Denise's art is also beautiful and is a reflection of how dedicated she is in everything she does. The realism is beautifully blended with creative elements and she's constantly improving. Denise is a really kind, supportive individual that illustrates devious community values we should all strive for in everything she brings to DeviantArt.
Denise is a fantastic woman and deviant. She has a huge heart and is as creative and talented as she is kind. It has been a true honor to watch her grow as a deviant and as an artist these past few years, and I look forward to many many many more years to come! Thank you Denise for all the inspiration, smiles and amazing great laughs! And congratulations!
Denise is a wonderful person and highly active in this community. She is an AWW (Angel without Wings) she is as well a Gangsta of Love and since January a cherished Writer for team AWW. She always has a kind word for everyone. She as well gives herself fully to everything she does. She never does anything halfhearted, but dedicates herself to everything she does. Congrats my dear friend Huggle! you surely deserve it
Sserenita's talents as both an artist and a community member are immense and instantly recognizable from a distance. Her kindness and loving attitude is apparent in everything that she does and creates. She really is an inspiration and a mentor to many people, including myself. She's incredibly supportive to those that surround her, whether it be with features or interviews, she's constantly putting forth and effort that is above and beyond. I don't doubt for a second that anyone would be disappointed after taking a stroll through her page.
Denise is one of those deviants who are the definition of someone who goes out of their way to do good for others, getting involved in several community-driven groups, making interviews, featuring other's art, etc. Is one of those deviants you see everywhere! Her positive attitude is to admire and is something contagious. And if that wasn't enough she's a very friendly gal who is worth knowing, so if you don't already, what are you waiting for? Denise is just awesome!
Sserenita is a great deviant with full of talent, skill and a motivating spirit. She is always eager to promote, share and inspire those around her whether it's through the community or through special projects!
Denise has been a shining light within the community and things just wouldn't be the same without her. From the very first time I met her she was filled with joy and enthusiasm towards helping the community in any way she could. Denise goes above and beyond with her dedication towards the projects she gets involved with and her love doesn't stop there. She's an amazing person and someone I am honored to call my friend. Smart, talented, and kind - Denise is one of those individuals that will touch your soul in a beautiful way.
It is a big pleasure for me to receive the opportunity for writing some lauding words for my very dear friend :Sserenita:! Denise is a very kind, lovely and helpful lady, a really true and watchful friend and so busy here on DA by supporting so many artists and activities! I met her the first time through her support of our award Angels Without Wings. Naturally she is involved in a lot of groups like deviantHEART, ProjectPorkchop, dAWishingWell, Digitalists and Angels-And-Gangstas. How she can find enough time for all this activities? Unfathomable! She also finds time to create her own awesome art. Denise, you are wonderful and I want to say thank you for all you have done for me and us, congratulations for winning the Deviousness Award - Well deserved!
Denise is such a great person; she is kind, friendly, caring and devoted to the DeviantArt and artistic community. She spares no effort when it comes to make other artists shine with her art features and interviews, and her work in many community-oriented groups. Her contribution is truly inspiring and appreciated. Sserenita is reliable and very helpful. She is a precious team mate and an understanding friend. Not only she is a shining example of community implication, but Denise is a talented artist as well. This is a well-deserved award to an exceptional deviant.
Ohh my goodness! Denise is one of those friends that always have a lot of joy to spread around! There’s no place where she goes that isn’t left with a warm feeling in people’s hearts. She’s the kind of person that you don’t need to call twice for help because whenever someone is in any kind of need, she’s there… she selflessly and lovingly steps up to the plate and rolls up her sleeves to help out no matter what! Her kindness is contagious! Her involvement in the community has made her one of the most positively influential deviants I’ve known so far. She participates in a lot of community-oriented groups and projects, and she’s dedicated to showcase fellow deviants in any way she can, from features to interviews, and all the other amazing things she does for everybody! I hope she knows how much I look up to her; she inspires me to try to be better and to follow her footsteps! On a personal level I just love her! She’s AMAZING! It makes me super happy to have the privilege to call her my friend! And I’m VERY proud of her for coming such a long way in such short period of time! Congratulations Denise! This is a VERY well deserved recognition my dear!
I remember I met Sserenita in dAWishingWell at the first time. She is amazing and kind person. I love her artwork and i'm so glad that we have such adorable person in our community! Take some time and read her interviews, because they're very nice!
I have the pleasure of working with her in deviantHEART! Denise is a wonderful and positive person. She's always willing to help and try to create solutions. She puts all her heart into her groups, and aims for success. She had only started with deviantHEART and wanted to take on our Featured Heartists & the ARK project! She's done wonders keeping up with it all! She deserves to be given chances for everything she wants to try, because she will amaze you. This is why she deserves this honor! Congratulations, Denise!