Denise Labadie makes interpretive contemporary art quilts about distinctively non-contemporary structures: Celtic megalithic (bronze age) “stones” and monoliths, and more recent Irish monastic ruins. These "stonescapes" – stone circles, standing stones, dolmens, and burial tombs, portals and passageways, forgotten cemeteries, burial crosses, and their landscapes – embody immense timelessness and physical presence while evoking sacred and emotional remembrances of human pasts largely forgotten.

“The first time I saw one of Denise’s “stone” quilts, I was immediately drawn to it.
The lighting and perspective is always dramatic. Each quilt exudes such a quiet
reverence that when I come face to face with one, I find myself in a meditative
trance – transported back to another time and another place.
Denise’s quilts are good for the soul.”

Ricky Tims, La Veda, Colorado


Sunset on Inishmore (2016)
53" wide x 73" high'

“Denise’s stones and megaliths breathe life into structures
which, to the unobservant eye or busy observer, may otherwise
appear cold and lifeless. The texture of her stones, the light, and
her use of perspective bring a realistic, deeply emotional quality
to her art which would be difficult to achieve in any other way.”

Margaret McCrory, Belfast, Northern Ireland