Denise “Weetahmoe” Silva-Dennis (Shinnecock/Hassanamisco-Nipmuc) is a retired Southampton Elementary School art teacher.

Denise Silva Dennis graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art. upon graduation, she received honors in her discipline.

She works with acrylic paints. Her professional achievements include two paintings that were selected for the exhibit ‘In Beauty It Has Begun…’ sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institute. She also won the Parrish Art Museum’s Judge’s Award in the painting category.

Silva-Dennis is also an accomplished beadwork crafts woman. The traditional Eastern Woodland style of beadwork was handed down to her from the elder women of the Shinnecock and Hassanamisco-Nipmuc Nations. Her work includes necklace and earring sets, beaded medicine fans, walking sticks, and beaded cradleboards.

Her beaded necklaces have been shown at the Louise Himelfarb Gallery and at The Studio Connection, both in Southampton, NY.

Several Native American exhibitors carry an assortment of her beaded creations to Powwows throughout the Northeastern United States.

How It Works

Submit photographs, drawings, or designs to be hand painted by artist Denise Silva-Dennis.

  1. Be sure to have a blank jacket that you will send upon completion of your order.
  2. Visit the Shop and add “Upload Your Design” to cart.
  3. Continue to your cart.
  4. Attach the image you would like hand painted onto the denim jacket.
  5. Complete your order.
  6. You will receive instructions on sending the jacket for painting and return!