Dennis Sheehan (American, b.1950) is a painter known for his work executed in the style of the great masters of the Barbizon School and the American Tonalists. Born in Boston, Sheehan received his artistic training at the Vesper George School of Art and the Montserrat School of Visual Art. He also studied with two of R.H. Gammell’s former students, Robert Cormier and Richard Whitney.
Sheehan employs the dark palette and thickly pigmented surfaces of the French Barbizon School, eschewing picturesque scenery in the interest of evoking atmospherics. Much like the great 19th-cetnury artist George Inness, Sheehan’s paintings are produced in the studio from his imagination. His pastoral paintings evoke the moody beauty and deep peace of nature, with the goal of creating paintings that emanate light.
Sheehan recently had a one man exhibition at the Whistler House Museum, in Lowell, MA, and the Guild of Boston Artists, where he is a member. He has taught at St. John’s Prep School in Danvers, MA, and currently teaches in his studio in Manchester, NH, and at Village Arts of Putney. His work is represented by Susan Powell Fine Art in Madison, CT. In addition, he has works in major public and private collections, including the White House. His work has been featured in many publications, including on the cover of American Artist.
Dennis Sheehan lived close by back in 1987 and was a good friend , he was working for Ackerly signs in Boston at the time (installing billboards) and I was able to get him to do a bunch of paintings for me when he wasn't hanging billboards, Although he doesn't seem to do much portraits now days however you can see the unbelievable talent to make it almost appear to be a photograph, I have had them over thirty years now and decided it was time to let a few of them go, the painting is signed and dated by Dennis.
Dennis Sheehan studied at the Vesper George School of Art and the Montserrat School of Visual Art. Sheehan?s work is held in major public and private collections, including the White House and the personal collections of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.