Dennis Sheehan, born in
Boston in 1950, is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists. His
work is in major public and private collection including the
White House. Sheehan paints in the Barbizons mode with remarkable
authority and faithful adherence to his 19th century precursors.
In the tradition of the Tonalist painters, Sheehan creates landscapes
of mood, affected by nature's changing seasons.
"The transitional period
of dusk, dawn, before and a storm and even those grayed out days
in winter when the sun'' light is most effusive, these are the
qualities of light
I am most interested in. The mood that the light evokes, the
color harmony and the subtleties of tone with less emphasis on
detail are of prime concern to me
"My goal is to have the
painting emanate light, rather then be just a surface that records
the reflections of light. This is why the shadow areas are important,
for it is from them that this emanation proceeds.
The light areas are focal points of this effort, but the power
comes from the shadows."