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Dennis was born and raised in the northern suburbs of New York City. He began painting as a child and graduated from the Webster University Theater Arts Conservatory in St. Louis with a BA in Scene Design and Stagecraft in 1972. He continued his formal art training at the School of Visual Arts and the Arts Students League. He has also studied at the Westchester Arts Workshop, the Silvermine School of Art and the Boca Museum School of Art. His work has been greatly influenced by the atmospheric qualities of Impressionist masters including: William Merritt Chase, Walter Launt Palmer, John Bond Francisco, Theodore Robinson, Robert Henri, Edward Emerson Simmons, George Inness, Alfred Sisley, Berthe Morisot, Caroline Stehlin and Robert Julian Onderdonk. Further inspirations come from current landscape Impressionist artists including William McCarthy, David Dunlop, Harry Brioche, Jurgen Geith, and Gerhard Nesvadba. Dennis' paintings have been displayed in juried art shows and his works are held in private collections throughout the United States. In 2011, seven of his paintings were selected to appear on ABC's 'Desperate Housewives.'