Through the end of March, paintings by Dennis Doyle are featured at South Street Gallery in Hingham, Massachusetts.
Dennis Doyle is a tugboat operator and a longtime resident of Weymouth, Massachusetts. He is busy helping rebuild the beaches along the New Jersey and New York coast that were affected by Hurricane Sandy, but along the way, he paints.
“I developed an early affinity for drawing that grew into a lifelong love for painting,” he says. “My Massachusetts College of 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; I am a waterman by trade with a passion for paint.”
He goes on, “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 stowaway; I am prepared to ‘chase the light’ and answer inspiration’s call with a quick painting, anywhere, any time, 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.”
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