Dennis Rhoades is a passionate painter who has had deep interest in nature. His main aim is to make beautiful art while at the same time educating people on the value and importance of our natural environment. As such, he’s mainly inspired by nature, capturing what he sees and adds his creativity and imaginations to best express his subjects. Rhoades starts by developing an image in his mind and then he starts to draw it. While he starts with a picture of the image he would like to express, the painting process also brings with it more ideas so that the finally image meets the desired results. He says, “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.”
Rhoades is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. His works have been published in many art publications, including Southwest Art, the Pastel Journal and International Artist Magazine. He has also won several awards including the Association of Paste International l Societies, 2015, Master Circle Medallion, Pastel Society of Colorado 10th Annual National Exhibition, 2014 and Pastel Society of Colorado Annual Juried Exhibition, 2004, Best of Show. His art reflect different forms of nature with colors and soul. When you see his paintings, you can actually feel as if you are surrounded by trees and plants.