Dennis Rhoades - Evergreen, CO

When I'm outside with my sketchbook, I am aware of the shapes of things and I visualize them in black and white. All of my paintings begin this way, in pencil or ink.
As the shapes develop, the painting's sense of color relationships begins to emerge.
Ideas about color, narrative, and expressing a sense of the place, unfold as the painting's structure develops in my sketchbook -- like creating a musical composition.

My intent is to create something beautiful and harmonic. While subject matter is of prime consideration, further contemplation of the painting eventually yields subtle nuances of texture and rhythm. The paintings possess qualities meant to outlast the viewer's initial infatuation, qualities that will endure well into succeeding generations.

The result is his extremely delicate, yet tactile, manifestation of natural forces and light. Paintings become symbols of all that we are and on good days; some call it poetry. Nothing expresses human emotion better than a landscape painting.

Education: Wichita University; Kansas City Art Institute; Art Students League Denver.

Awards & Honors: Elected Master Member, Pastel Society of America, 2007; Richeson 75 International Annual Juried Exhibition, 2010; Best of Show, International Association of Pastel Societies Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition, 2010, Pastel Journal ‘100 Best Pastels’ Landscapes Category, 2005, 2005, 2012, 2016; Elected Master Member, Pastel Society of Colorado, 2010; Master Circle Medallion, International Association of Pastel Societies, 2015; International Association of Pastel Societies Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition, 2 Painting Demonstrations, 2012; American Impressionist Society 15th National Juried Exhibition, 2014; SouthwestArt Magazine Media Award, Pastel Society of New Mexico Annual National Juried Exhibition, 2016.

Selected Publications: Pastel Journal Magazine; International Artist Magazine; Pastel Society of America Pastelagram; the Artist’s Magazine

Selected Exhibitions: Art on the Rockies, Vail, Colorado;  Art in the Square, Bellville, Illinois; Arts Students League, Denver, Colorado; Autumn and Art, Wichita, Kansas; Bayou City Art Festival, Houston, Texas; Carefree Art and Wine Festival, Carefree, Arizona; Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, Texas, La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, California; Lakefront Festival of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Jackson Hole Art Fair, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Main St. Arts Festival, Ft. Worth, Texas; Krasl Art Festival, St. Joseph, Michigan; Brookside Art Festival, Kansas City, Missouri; Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, Utah; Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, California.