Denise Betourne is known for her Sailor Valentines to be crafted in high quality wood boxes made of Mahogany, Cherry, Zebra-wood, Rosewood and other high grade woods. These boxes are the canvas for the one of a kind creations, using shells from all over the world. The designs include shells, antique cameos or limoges porcelain brooches. Some valentines include miniature paintings to compliment the shell work. Finally, a glass window is installed to protect the finished piece.
Betourne is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Her Sailor’s Valentines have won ribbons in the 2014, 2015, 2016 Sanibel Shell Shows, Sanibel Island Florida.