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dennis greenwood  •  new zealand landscape artist

dennis greenwood
new zealand landscape artist

 • about Dennis • 

photo of Dennis Greenwood     I live with my novelist partner in the country on the outskirts of Levin, in New Zealand's Horowhenua. Our three adult children have established careers in Auckland & Wellington and it is one of my pleasures to be able to share their lives to some extent. Spare time is spent maintaining our property, enjoying outdoor adventures or indulging my love of music.

    My qualifications are in graphic design/illustration & teaching, and I have taught visual arts & graphic design at both tertiary & secondary levels.

    Although I came to painting rather late, it is now a favourite mode of expression; especially drawing & painting with paper & water-based paints (I have an aversion to organic solvents). I keep the range of my materials minimal and have developed strong preferences for the materials I use . . . stretched Arches or Saunders-Waterford papers and M Graham & Co paints . . . on account of both their quality and consistency. Quality brushes are very expensive, so I tend to use whatever I can afford.

    My passion for the NZ outdoors results in my painting subject matter most often being the topography & ‘moods’ of this environment. Although I enjoy stylized and abstract works, I seem to always come back to naturalistic depictions. Landscapes tend to surround one, so my work is usually (for watercolours) on a large scale. Unfortunately, this lends itself to studio painting rather than working on location.

painting recognition

2023:

• Guest artist at the Manawatu Art Expo

2019:

'lower gorge, Whanganui River' selected as 'Editor's Pick' and featured on the Artmajeur home page

2018:

• Runner-up for Signature Peoples' Choice Award, NZ Art Show, Wellington

2015:

Best Landscape/Seascape Painting, Rotary/Kapiti Observer Art Show, Paraparaumu
Best Watercolour Painting, Rotary/Kapiti Observer Art Show, Paraparaumu
• First in Peoples' Choice Award, Watercolour NZ's SPLASH Exhibition, Wellington
• Second in Peoples' Choice Award, Watercolour NZ's SPLASH Exhibition, Wellington

2012:

• Joint winner of the Supreme Award, Watercolour NZ's Diamond Jubilee SPLASH Exhibition, Wellington