Dennis Fanton

Art has always been a dominant form of expression during my childhood and beyond.  Color always fascinated me and I was never afraid to explore it.  I attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts in the late 60’s and later transferred to the DuCret School of Art with a focus in advertising.  My direction took a sudden change due to military obligations and career choices until moving to Orange County in 1986.  At that time I became involved with a group of painters instructed by Lisa Specht, an instructor of the New York Art Students League.  My artistic fires were re-ignited by her, and I continued searching for my individual means of expression which tends to focus on color, brushwork, and strong use of values.  I enjoy working in oil and pastel and prefer on site work because all my senses are involved in creating that particular piece of artwork.  My style lends itself toward impressionism, but I let my subject dictate the handling of the piece.

Joining the Wallkill River School had afforded me the opportunity to become involved with other talented artists in the area and to be part of the plein air experience, which enhances my impressionistic approach to my artwork.  I have also become involved in teaching aspects of my craft.  My work has been exhibited in public places as well as purchased by private collectors.

Gardening is my second passion, and my gardens, home, and many pets have been the subjects of my work.  My artistic journey is always fulfilling to me as I experiment with new ways of looking at things and different approaches in my media and style.

Artist Affiliations:

Kent Art Association
Garrett Society
Middletown Art Group
Wallkill River School (instructor)

My Work has previously been exhibited at:

Pine Bush Government Center
Orange County Community Center
Ellenville Library
Lycian Center
Wallkill River Gallery
Valley Hospital Gallery

Private collections and various regional restaurants