"Paint is fascinating to me, it communicates and connects like nothing else. I am constantly amazed how shapes, values and colors can be arranged to convey something that simply could not be said with words. It is my hope to create works that share, not only my vision, but also leaves just enough to invite you, with your minds eye, to participate in the fun! Thanks for stopping by!"
- Dennis Dame
Dennis Dame was born in 1965, in Simi Valley, California but has been an Oregonian since moving to Myrtle Creek, Or. at age five. With an accomplished artist for a father, (Jerry Dame Sr.), as well as a creative mother, Dennis's childhood was always surrounded by art and creativity. “Growing up around art and painting was a blessing that I did not fully appreciate until I left home. I sometimes took my unique surroundings for granted. For as long as I can remember, art has been a part of our family - a way of life.” It wasn’t until Dennis left home to pursue a career in aviation that the “artist” bug really bit. “I began selling a few aviation themed paintings to help pay my way through flight school; I was having a ball doing it and became addicted!”
For over twenty years now, Dennis has continued on his artistic journey which has included everything from commercial illustration, graphic design, photo-retouch (before Photoshop - yes he's that old) airbrushed illustrations and murals, portraiture and fine art oil painting. “Some folks are a little surprised to find that I enjoy painting now even more than when I first began, but, it’s the chance to make a new discovery with every painting that I love, and that never seems to end!”
Throughout the 90's and early 2000's Dennis, along with his Father (Jerry Sr.) and brother (Jerry Jr.) were perhaps best known for painting the beautiful airbrushed murals on the backs of the Safari Luxury Motorcoaches. “ We had a lot of fun painting together and even though the Safari coach is no longer in production, I still enjoy keeping in touch with many of the great folks out in the “RV world”. I don't paint murals that often anymore, but, I'm always happy to dust off the old airbrush and do a little painting for someone as time permits.”
Living in Harrisburg, Oregon with his wife and family, Dennis now focuses on his fine art oil painting. Preferring to work from life, both in the studio and “en plein air”, one can often find Dennis, along with his Father, outdoors on one of their weekly painting excursions.
“I am truly thankful for the opportunity to do something that I enjoy, for so long. It is my hope that my joy of painting comes through with each piece. As long as I am able, I will continue to paint. I love it- It’s just what I do.”
– Dennis Dame