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Mighty Spark Studio
Denise Crute
8395 Spring Brook Road
Rockford, IL  61114

Dr. Denise Crute is a physician, artist, and illustrator. Among her earliest memories are drawing pictures with her father. She began painting at age 6 and entered her first juried art show at age 12. By the time Dr. Crute was in high school she was teaching painting lessons, and in medical school she sold paintings to pay living expenses. Today she continues work as a fine artist, scientific and medical illustrator.

Dr. Crute's paintings and drawings chronicle her keen observations and multifaceted experiences as a neurointensivist, a neurosurgeon, an international medical volunteer, an outdoor enthusiast, a teacher, a wife, and a mother. Dr. Crute’s work may be purchased online or in person at Mighty Spark Studio in Rockford, Illinois ( The book, Heart of a Lion, Hands of a Woman, which features many of her paintings and drawings, may be purchased online at  You may also contact Dr. Crute directly at She gladly accepts commissions. All profits from Mighty Spark Studio are donated to international medical aid.