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About Denise

The createful community

As people come to the studio regularly they find they find themselves part of this wonderful community of creative people who share a passion for self expression and creativity and who support each other in a judgement-free, curious and genuinely respectful space.  Newcomers are welcomed with open arms because there's nothing better than widening the circle of people who love the same thing!

We hope that you will join our community too and come into the studio often for Art Fix classes and more!

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Creative Director and Owner of Createful Studio, Denise Herman is a mixed media artist who loves to teach, learn and share the art-making experience with others. She knows the power of creative community and offers this studio to people who want more creativity in their lives. She knows that every human is creative, and that the gift of time, space and community not only builds knowledge and skills but unleashes a deep sense of happiness and purpose that can change our world, one art maker at a time.


It All Began...

Several years ago a small group of women gathered weekly to create. Some of us had very little experience, some of us were artists, but we all shared an insatiable love of creativity. We had each always been creative in our lives one way or another, and we each wanted to channel that creativity into the world of mixed media. We wanted more learning, more skills and more creative fun.

So we came together in one member's studio space, and week after week we took up projects and explored different mediums from collage to art journaling to bookmaking, to painting, felting and much more. We created art projects and we created community—and to this day we continue to learn, build skills and create together.


"Art making is an infinite journey of discovery, and it's all the more satisfying when you travel down that path with others."


we knEw many others in the local area would also love creative community.

What if, some of us wondered...we create a community mixed media studio so others could come together, too?

What if we could offer others the opportunity to learn and create with like-minded people? 

We started dreaming and before long, well, the vision turned into reality when...

Createful Studio opened it's doors in January 2016, offering a cozy new space in San Rafael for people who want more creativity in their lives!