Denise and Jim founded Ridgeline Arts as a creative outlet for the wide-ranging styles of the Marta-Burch family of artists. California native Denise Marta met Midwest transplant Jim Burch while they were both studying at San Francisco State University. Through an early collaborative project, they discovered a shared passion for art, illustration and each other.
While Denise was applying her talents as a muralist, Jim was working in advertising and marketing. After a few trips to Northwest Arkansas, Denise and Jim decided to move to the Eureka Springs area where they could explore a greater variety of artwork and enjoy a less frenzied lifestyle.
Denise’s artwork ranges from children’s storybook illustrations and colorful retro stylings to more natural watercolor botanicals. Jim digitizes and prints Denise’s artwork in their studio on a high-resolution printer using archival giclée inks on carefully selected paper stocks.
Denise’s father, Ray Marta, was a long-time artist/illustrator in California and Denise inherited a trove of his artwork after his passing. Jim meticulously scans, restores and prints this vintage mid-century artwork that hasn’t been seen in years.
Denise and Jim share an interest in the 20th century arts & crafts movement because of its emphasis on craftmanship and quality. They formed Ridgeline Arts to bring handcrafted artwork and affordable high-quality reproductions directly to customers.