Artist’s Statement

Welcome to my visual world. Painting is a visual language. If I could fully explain a painting in words there would be no need for the painting. I paint what I can’t say in words. My paintings are a visual record of my personal meanderings through life. Like postcards they offer a glimpse of choices I made along my route; of what I considered visually important during a certain period; things that stirred my heart.

I think of my paintings as celebrations of the magic and enchantment of art and nature. A photograph records one particular moment in time. By taking information from a number of photographic sources I can record an expanse of time. I can also create my own reality from totally unrelated sources; a quieter, gentler, more colorful reality. For the most part, I rely on photos that I have taken myself. When in my studio I use these images to conjure the sensations I experienced while taking the photographs. I recall the splash of waves, the warmth of the summer sun, the scent of lilac in bloom, damp grass, and wet rocks. These sensations and images are then filtered through nostalgia, the background music of Delta Blues, and the process of translation and interpretation begins.

Ultimately, artists are always painting themselves. No matter how they disguise it, their work is a reflection of their personality and soul. Partly to indulge myself, and partly to gain a greater understanding of myself, I paint the images that give me pleasure. Images such as a meandering path through the woods which beckons one to explore further the mysteries which lie beyond; a blaze of saturated, contrasting color in a patch of wildflowers happened upon unexpectedly; the brilliance of noon-day sun bursting through the green canopy of foliage spot-lighting a tree frog sunning on a leaf. In my artist’s view of the world, I find myself composing paintings, in my mind’s eye, while looking out the window of a bus or the window of my studio. While walking down a woodland path or city street, I search for interesting compositions that offer contrasts of color, shape, size, and texture; compositions depicting themes of regeneration, degradation, or the hand of man on the environment.

Nature is a miracle of constant self-renewal, an ever-changing vista of seasons, growth, decay, and rebirth. I look around my world to see what things I can depict that would express my feelings about the earth’s beauty and magic. But, the world is also full of strife and discontent. My wish is not to hide from this reality but to offer the calm and peace of a quiet moment caught in time, for it is often in these quiet moments that solutions present themselves, and from nature, we can learn the greatest lessons.

If the viewing of my paintings generates some of the same feelings of inner peace, contentment, and harmony as I experienced in their creation I will consider my efforts rewarded.

22 thoughts on “Artist’s Statement

  1. Dennis,
    You are so talented, you make the most technologically advanced photography pale by comparison. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. I haven’t been able to paint for a while because of a back injury. I hope to have more photos posted soon.

      Cheers,
      Dennis

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  2. Great pictures, and sorry to hear about your back injury. Thanks for visiting and following my poetry blog at thepoetlauraate.wordpress.com Since you are an artist you might enjoy taking a look at my art too at thegerontificator.wordpress.com It is certainly very different from yours!

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    1. Thank you so much for directing me to your art site. I also love silly humor, and like to turn things inside out to find new meaning, or not.

      Cheers,
      Dennis

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  3. Hi Dennis, thanks for following my blog. I love your art work. You are really talented and hope you are healing from the back injury. Carole

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  4. Bonjour Dennis! Glad to have discovered this blog, too… 🙂 My very best & tons of inspiration! Friendly thoughts from Toulouse, France! Have a great weekend in your wonderful Canada! 🙂 Sincerely, Mélanie

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      1. Just to say hi, hoping you’re fine and healthy, Dennis… I miss Iceland deeply… I did post pix from my August trip to your ancestors’ land… Cheers back! Mélanie

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  5. Hello, Dennis Thanks for stopping by and liking my about page on The Pen’s Might. I’ve just been looking at your art site. As you say, we all paint ourselves no matter the image. I’ve very impressed.

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  6. well I had no idea that you were a painter – and such great one at that. I have been following your “gotta find a home” blog for a while now – and I am glad to have discovered your art blog this week as well. 🙂 Looking forward to peeking in each week.
    ~y.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am now painting a cover for my book, Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People. It is scheduled to be released June first. I love your blog, especially your post on Leonardo da Vinci.

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      1. well I will have to check it out when you release it – and I just left you a comment – I was so excited to see your gravatar in the comment section. 🙂

        have a great weekend and hope your painting goes great.

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