Dennis, a life-long resident of
MA, was educated in public schools
and at Massachusetts College of Art. He is a licensed merchant mariner
working on tugboats, where he plies his trade upon creeks and rivers, bays
and harbors, inland waterways and coastal routes, from
Currently Dennis is employed by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock working with
the dredge Illinois doing Superstorm Sandy beach replenishment from Brigantine New Jersey to
Shinnecock New York.
“I developed an early affinity for drawing that grew into a lifelong
love for painting. My Mass Art tuition was paid with wages earned on the
local clam-flats (Weymouth Hingham Hull), and from lobster and gill-net
fishing on Stellwagen Bank. I've never had a traditional job and don’t
expect I ever will, l am a water-man by trade with a passion for paint.
In 2006 I took a workshop with George Nick, a painter whose work I truly
admire. During the workshop I appreciated his energy and these painting
mantras that he would run by you...one being something to the like of:
"There isn't anything you can't learn to paint" and "just paint what you
see". If there is such a thing as a plein-air painting addiction, I have
it and I hold George Nick partly responsible, thanks for that.
I have a
small studio but I'm hardly ever there except to drop off or fetch some
paintings. I prefer to work outside in the elements and before what
matters. On the boat my paint bag is a stow away, I am prepared to "chase
the light" and answer inspiration's call with a quick painting, anywhere
anytime up and down this entire coast. I'm fortunate. Art is
interpretation and presentation of this life, and plein-air painting is
its body and soul.
In April 2015, Dennis was part of a
2-men exhibit. Click
'here' to view the show.