Dennis Furgerson Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Dennis Furgerson
Live in: Reno, NV, United States
Artworks for sale: 6.00
Dennis Furgerson Artist Bio:
I have been making art work for over half my life - the better half. Although I started creating in gold and silver enameled jewelry, I soon moved on to working with ceramics and painting clay art. At last I found my favorite - painting with acrylic. I was born and raised in California, and the Mojave Desert and Southern California mountains can be seen in many of my abstract landscape paintings. Some of the main inspirations for my art come from the textures, shapes and colors found in rocks, minerals and geologic formations, and I eventually earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology at the University of California, Riverside. I took many of the classes and workshops offered at the Walnut Creek Civic Arts studios, in California, and I was most interested in glazing and slip decoration. It was at this time that I started to concentrate on clay marbling and slip on-lay techniques using wax resist. This experience in wax later helped me to simulate the sheen and texture of encaustic wax painting in some of my acrylic paintings. Always looking for new art techniques, I took classes from many of the Civic Arts instructors, including Andree Thompson, Skip Esquierdo and Pete Coussoulis. Other favorite classes and workshops taken include: Working with Paper Clay with Graham Hay; Clay Monoprinting with Diana Crain; and Clay Sculpture with Tony Natsoulas. Although I enjoyed ceramics then, and still do, I often was a little impatient with the drawn-out process to complete a ceramic art work: make the piece in clay, let it dry, fire it, glaze it, and fire it again. I was still looking for a medium that had a simpler and quicker process to take me from a creative idea to the created art piece. Enter painting - specifically, acrylic painting on canvas. A few years ago I moved to Reno, Nevada, where I have a large studio to create my acrylic paintings. While I paint mainly from memory, I have an extensive collection of photographs from my travels to most of the western states that I can use as reference sources of 100’s of seascapes, landscapes, geologic formations and many sunrises and sunsets. Whenever possible, I like using repetitive patterns in my paintings which simulate patterns in nature, such as waves in the ocean, ripples in clay and sandstones, etc. Some of the clay techniques that I used 25 years ago with slip in my ceramic art are also used to apply acrylic paint on my current abstract work on canvases. What goes around, comes around. I enjoy using a variety of techniques, media and tools in my paintings. Some pieces are done mainly as liquid acrylic pours, whereas other paintings are done with very large brushes, palette knives, squeegees or sponges.