Denise Ann Driscoll

December 4, 1960 -
June 21,2024

Funeral Details


Denise Driscoll, artist, 63, of Lowell, MA died Friday, June 21, 2024 at her home and studio, her loving family by her side, her beautiful work all around her.

She was married to Thomas Driscoll with whom she celebrated their 36th anniversary on April 8th. Born in Amarillo, TX, the daughter of G. Dennis Workman and the late Jacqueline (Keel) Workman, besides her husband Tom, Denise is survived by her father now living in Chapin, SC; her son Jeremiah and his wife Kara Driscoll and grandson Julian Driscoll of Boston, MA; her daughter Hannah Driscoll and her wife Melissa Olivares of Los Angeles, CA; her brother Bryan and his wife Donna Workman of Grayson, GA; and her brother Ken and his wife Lisa Workman of Statesville, NC, her sister  Michelle and her husband Trent Donley of Woodstock, GA, her brother-in-law Daniel and his wife Emelda Driscoll of Waldorf MD and a number of wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her niece, Savannah Donley.

Alongside her work as a practicing artist, Denise taught for several years at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge MA. She received an MFA in Visual Arts from AIB/Lesley in 2007. Previously she had done graduate study at Syracuse University and the Savannah College of Art and Design after receiving a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Psychology at University of South Carolina.

Denise loved time with family, hiking, swimming, reading, music, preparing food, sharing art and ideas, observing nature with the same fascination for a towering sequoia tree or the zinnias she planted in her raised bed garden. She saw deeply and created generously. She lived a life of making and taking part in joy and light.


There will be a Gathering to Celebrate Denise Driscoll’s Life & Art on 29 June 2024 from 1PM to 6PM at her home and studio at 160 Western Avenue Lofts, Unit 201 Lowell MA 01851.

In lieu of flowers Denise asked for donations to Refuge Lowell ( offered in her memory.

22 responses to “Denise Ann Driscoll”

  1. Carrie Antonini says:

    Denise was wonderful to work with at Fountain Street gallery in Framingham. What a joyful collaborator.

  2. Stacey Piwinski says:

    I am so sad to hear this news. Denise was an incredible mentor while I was studying at Lesley and a continued inspiration. She was an amazing human and I am glad to have known her.

  3. Deborah Williams says:

    So sorry to hear. She was my mentor and very helpful and talented artist and person

  4. Dianna Vosburg says:

    This is such sad news. I remember Denise as a vibrant, talented, strong, and kind artist, generous and community-minded. What a loss.

  5. Raye Yankauskas says:

    I cannot believe that there will not be any more creative works coming from her. She was both kind and gifted.

  6. Denise was a good and kind person. it was always a better day when I would happen to run into her and chat. I can’t imagine how much her family will miss her. my deepest sympathy.

  7. Anita Loomis says:

    Always a beautiful and generous spirit. I will remember her lessons, beautiful smile, and that twinkle in her eyes. My deepest condolences to the family

  8. Denny Workmam says:

    Denise was my wife Jacqui (deceased) and my first child. She got off to a shaky premature start, but developed into a wonderful child, student, artist, spouse and parent. I can’t express how much I will miss her.

  9. Tracy Spadafora says:

    I am very sad to hear this news. I met Denise when I became a member of Fountain Street Gallery years ago. She was immediately very kind and willing to help in any way. She was a positive person, always with a smile! It was always nice to see her at Fountain Street exhibition openings. She was also a very talented artist, and I have appreciated her work and enjoyed seeing it over the years. Unfortunately, I hadn’t seen Denise in many years, but I continued to follow her work on social media. I know she was a very special person to so many people. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  10. I will miss her always. She was my student for years, a friend, and fellow artist.
    Denise gave me lots of help with the internet and never got annoyed. She was kind, talented,
    and hard-working.
    She was too young!

  11. Joan Ryan says:

    It was with great sorrow that I heard this sad news. I worked for years with her at Lesley Art and Design. She will be deeply missed.
    Prayers to her whole family.

  12. Ellen Schön says:

    What a sad loss. I enjoyed working with Denise at AIB/Lesley and had many interesting conversations about art and life. My deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved her.

  13. Cheryl Stanasek says:

    Tom so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

  14. Bill Porter says:

    Denise was a remarkably caring and supportive friend. She was an incredible artist and teacher who was selfless and generous with her time. Denise will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

  15. Robert Sullivan says:

    Denise was ever the encouraging friend and colleague. I was proud to be part of Fountain Street with her, as well as a fellow AIB/Lesley alumnus. What a great example of an artist whose work reflected their person: bright, effervescent, and a joy that filled the room. She will be sorely missed.

  16. Emma Campbell says:

    I had Denise as a professor during my Master’s program at Lesley. She was incredibly intelligent and supportive. I am deeply sorry for this family’s loss; she was a bright and shining light on campus whenever I saw her.

  17. Priscilla sanville says:

    Dear dear Denise, a wonderful colleague! I worked with Denise at Lesley for many years and her contributions to the community arts masters program were significant.
    She was a creative, talented and beautiful person who will be very much missed.
    This world was a better place with her presence as artist and teacher.
    Much love to her family

  18. Ellen Evett says:

    Dear Driscoll Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the tragic death of your wife and mom. Denise was always so full of life and joy. We remember fondly the days when all of you were our next door neighbors.

    Ron and Ellen

  19. Kara Danas says:

    Denise was an amazing professor that I had the pleasure of having during my 2019-2022 MEd Program at Lesley University. She is an icon and a beautifully spirited artist. You will be so missed, Denise. Thank you for everything and for your wonderful teachings. Sending all of my love and heartfelt sympathies to all who loved her. Rest in Peace 🙏🏻❤️

  20. Lela Clawson-Miller says:

    Denise, a beautiful creative teacher and artist. She had an eye and ear for deep and meaningful work, and shared her wonder and process with her students. She was my teacher and mentor at Lesley University, and I will be forever grateful for her introducing me to the incredible world of book binding. I am deeply saddened by this news and also am so thankful that I had the great fortune of meeting Denise in this lifetime. Blessings on her, and blessings on her family, and on everyone who loves her.

  21. Johana Skalsky Presence says:

    I am heartbroken to hear this news. I didn’t know that Denise was sick. I will always remember the conversations that I had with Denise when we had studios in the same building. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to know her. Denise was a kind, wise, special, vibrant person and a wonderful artist and communicator. I am sending love and light and my deepest condolences to her family. I am truly sorry for your loss. May her memory be a blessing.

  22. Ayana Medley Finch says:

    Professor Driscoll was the kindest educator I had ever met at Lesley. She inspired me to peruse a career in education myself. Absolutely heartbroken over this loss. She will be sorely missed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Call Now Button Skip to content