Denise initially trained in textile design. After completing her degree, she worked for many years as a freelance illustrator for major publishing companies worldwide in the field of books, fine art prints, greeting cards and associated products.
Now she concentrates on painting, inspired by the beautiful countryside where she lives, in Shropshire. She paints in watercolour and gouache, on hot pressed paper or vellum. Denise Heywood is a member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers and exhibits annually with the Society at the Mall Galleries, London. She is also a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and exhibits annually with the Society at Westminster, London, and every two years at Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Germany.
She has exhibited miniature paintings for many years at Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings, London, winning the Llewellyn Alexander Masters Award for the most outstanding set of paintings of fruit in an exhibition of 800 paintings.