"When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you."-Susan Sarandon

Art, Compassion, Education supports many artists and arts organizations through promotion, partiipation and volunteering at events.  Please contact us if you would like us to be a part of your event.

Denise Emmerling-Baker is also very involved in the local arts scene showing art and participating in mural painting for caring, creative organizations and individuals, mostly working in Acrylics and mixed media. 

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."-Pablo Picasso


I seek to capture love and joy deep within every image whether through photographs or painting on canvass, wood, furniture,and architectural surfaces: including faux and decorative painting, gilding, murals as well as pen and ink drawings. Contact Denise at denise@artcompassioneducation.com, (503) 407-1940.          As a PreK-Adut educator, I have incorporated art across the curriculum incorporating art standards, English Language Literacy standards and content standards and I enjoy collaborating with others helping revitilze arts in education and the community.  Art speaks to everyone. 

Recent Shows

Several Projects hosted by artMOB, Haberman Presents and First Friday, Milwaukie, Oregon includings: "Little by Little" benefit for Childrens' Healing Art Project,  "Art to End Alzheimer Show",  "Total Eclipse of the Art" Show and more, 2015-2017

"Dragon Boat Art Show", juried show, Portland 5 Centers for the Arts, 2017

"Dog Park" juried show, Ford Gallery, 2016

"Americana in Havana", Photographs from Cuba, 2016, Milwaukie City Hall

"Big 500",  2014 and 2015, People's Art Gallery, Portland, 2016 Ford Gallery

"A Celebration of Women and Global Community", Milwaukie City Hall, May 2015

"We Love Portland", 2015 and 2016 People's Art Gallery Portland

ACE: Art, Crafts, Etc. pop up store, Milwaukie, Winter 2014-15

"Strong 88" Goodfoot Pub and Lounge, June, 2015 and June 2016

Denise Art's Resume:

Artist/Arts in Education Experience•            

Artist/Art Director:  Past: Arts in Education-15 years: Faux and mural painting at Welches Schools, Student lead murals at Welches, Cedar Ridge Middle School, Cottrell. Taught Art classes after school: Welches Middle, volunteer for Sandy High Theater Dept., adult art teaching: Brisbane, Australia, and Oregon.  Co-owner/artist Emmerling Studios (ES)-10 years- Faux and mural painting. Current: Artist-paint acrylics, creative writer, educational author, vocalist, Milwaukie Arts ArtMOB volunteer, STEA(rt)M member.

Art Lit. Teacher: volunteer Forest Hills grade school, Lake Oswego: taught developmentally appropriate lessons related to a different school wide focus on a noteworthy artist, including Picasso, Miro, Paul Klee…   

Pre-K-12 Arts Embedded Education-18 years: Oswego Playschool (Lake Oswego, OR), Kenwood School (Bend, OR) Oregon Trail School District (Sandy-Welches, OR), Archdiocese of Oregon (St. Agatha School). Projects:

      -Literacy through art, books, collages, song writing, adult-student paired drawing/writing 

     -In class murals and art projects with students  at multiple buildings K-12, including Tempura, Acrylic, & Collage

     -Video, song production, and PowerPoint projects with Students

     -Poetry lessons, bringing in published poets and publishing chap books with students

     -Scottish Storyline cross content: 6 week unit, where students created props, kept journals and systematically solved problems that arose on our ship as discovered daily through a note in a bottle, included art, performance, songs, bilingual (Spanish-English)

     -Scottish Story Line Integrated week unit at High School on Japanese Internment, including video productions, art, poetry, music, journaling (“Someone Who Looks Like Me Just Bombed America)

     -Language Arts teacher of student winner of 1400 student school wide writing contest, non-fiction, notable because the winner was a Freshman English Language Learner

     -Taught Afterschool classes including : Arts and Crafts Middle School- painting school columns, furniture, etc., Reading Spanish, Kinderplay

     -Arranged for and accompanied many students to various plays and other cultural events, including: for high school: Ashland Shakespeare Festival, Milagro Theatre, Cesar Chavez Conference, Eastern European Language Conference, Civil Rights Speakers (Middle School),

     -Arranged for/assisted with Artists in Residence, including African drummer Obo Addy (at two schools), tile and mural artist Lisa Riversong, author Nan Hunt,

     -Volunteer for Sandy High Theater department for almost 6 years including assisting with set construction and painting, costume preparation, field trips, creation of historical and informational story boards for plays…

     -Volunteer for student bands, arranging of play at various locations and contests, publishing, press releases.

   • Professional Art Experience 

Acrylic Painting/ Pen and Ink Artist, currently (see shows above) and  past work at Portland Art for Aids fundraiser Events, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Milwaukie Oregon First Friday Art to End Alzheimer’s fund raiser event, private clients in Oregon and Australia. Pen and Ink artwork published on cover of Freudian Shrimp

Owner/Artist Emmerling Studios, 10 years, with work in over 8 states and 6 countries including restoration of Scagliola Columns at Mult. Co. Library downtown, Hilton Hotel downtown, pointalistic mural of Portland Bridges for Mallory Hotel, Mural for Fruit and Flower Daycare, Wood graining of elevator doors at Timberline Lodge, Faux marble, gilding, skies, glazing and murals for Hong Kong Parkview Hotel, Brisbane City Hall marbleizing (Australia) …

Presenter/PD Developer, filmed, adult classes, and on stage, education, brain based learning, faux art techniques, Presented on history of Oregon Architectural faux painting for the Oregon Historical Society …

Author-Several published educational documents for Oregon Trail School District including Lau Plans, ELD plans, journalism and editorials in local papers, creative writing and poetry in collected author chap books, continued writing creative, non-fiction, and doctoral education philosophy and best practice