Since the 1960s Dennis has been painting landscapes, seascapes and subject paintings in oils, occasionally working in watercolours, acrylics, pastels and pencils.
In the 1990s he combined two passions – a fascination with motor racing and his experience in painting. This led to production of prints from his original paintings and many commissions to paint classic and racing cars in various settings from street racing in New Zealand (Waimate, Timaru, Queenstown, Dunedin) to circuits (Pukekohe, Ruapuna, Teretonga, Levels, Le Mans, Barcelona, Manaco) and rally roads. He was commissioned to create posters for some of these events.
Consquently, he has paintings and prints from many countries and has met fascinating people and their equally fascinating cars. A thriving restoration and replica industry in New Zealand attracts auto enthusiasts from all around the world who appreciate and employ the metal-working skills and excellent craftsmanship of local automotive restorers. The aesthetic values and graceful body styles of these classical vehicles interests him more that the technical details of racing, sports and classic cars.
However, he finds it impossible not to respond also to the sheer beauty of New Zealand scenery with its majestic mountains, tranquil lakes, lush bush, gushing waterfalls and dramatic coastlines. Teaching landscape, calligraphy, potrait, subject and life painting to adult classes broadened his range of interest and versatility which is relected in this exhibition.
Photo copyright: Ashburton Guardian, Amanda Konyn