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Yazoo City, MS

 Artist Statement
Dennis Heckler is an artist who lives in Yazoo City, Mississippi, a small town that lies at the edge of the Mississippi Delta. His love for landscapes and affinity for the Arts & Crafts era, drew him originally to the works of the Impressionists. As time passed, he was also strongly influenced by the paintings of contemporary California Colorists, such as Camille Prezewodek and Lois Griffel, both of whom studied at the Cape Cod School of Art under the influence of Henry Hensche and Charles Hawthorne.

Today, Dennis expresses his personality and passions through landscapes and commissioned house portraits that capture scenes from the American West, the Gulf South and the Carolinas. In heavy strokes of brilliant color, he executes his oils with a palette knife, and he creates watercolors with broad, bold strokes of pure color for clean contemporary results. “I usually let the subject I’m painting tell me which way to go,” he explains. “The weather-hewn texture of mountains might say ‘oil,’ while the quiet waters of a tidal marsh may say ‘watercolor.’ ”

Participating in art festivals for the past six years, has netted numerous awards including several best of shows. Dennis is a member of the Oil Painters of America, National Society of Oil and Acrylic Painters, Eastern Shores Art Center, Alabama and the Greenville, Mississippi Art Association. His work is in private and corporate collections, and he is represented by Nunnery’s Gallery in Jackson, Mississippi, Traditions in Greenwood, Mississippi, Thou Art Gallery, Pass Christian, MS and The Artists Gallery in Fairhope, Alabama. New paintings may be seen by visiting




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