Practically on a daily basis, F. Dennis Clarke can be found studying and painting, either plein air or in his studios in Martinsburg, W.Va., or Naples, Fla. His aim is to continue to improve his understanding of what it takes to make “art.”
Although his abilities are diverse, some have called his style “representational impressionism.” It is important for Denny to translate information into a painting, rather than report that information as in a photograph. Seeking an emotional response, Denny conveys a sense of place to the viewers. With hue, form and line, he creates a special mood in his atmospheric watercolors.
A signature member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society and the Baltimore Watercolor Society, as well as an associate member of local and national watercolor societies, his colorful and evocative watercolors have consistently garnered awards.
Clarke notes, “Blending the tube colors on the paper, my object is to convey to you, the viewer, a mood, to evoke a sense of being there or having been there.”
The artist continues by relating, “If, when you look at one of my paintings, you are moved to some emotional response and if, when you view it time after time again, you can discover another piece of information . . .then I have accomplished what I set out to do.”