Dennis Heckler Artist Biography

RS Hanna Gallery - Dennis Heckler Artist Biography
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Dennis Heckler

A few years ago Dennis Heckler developed a broad plan that came into clear focus last summer: He left a long career in graphic design to devote himself entirely to painting.


A native of Buffalo, New York, Dennis began drawing at a very early age. Though he grew up in a large, gritty city that fascinated him, he was also exposed to country living on his grandparents’ farm. These experiences drew him to the rhythm of country roads and the spectacular mountain and coastal vistas he explored as a teenager hiking between New York state, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Dennis fell in love with American landscapes, the country houses that dotted them and the play of light on rooftops, trees, water and rock formations.


In the late 1980s, as computers began to replace human-inspired and human-created graphics and illustrations, Dennis began thinking more seriously about painting. His affinity for landscapes drew him originally to the works of the Impressionists, particularly the paintings of the early California Impressionists. It’s no surprise that his art education included workshops by Lois Griffel, now a Master Signature Artist of the American Impressionist Society, and Brian Stewart, Signature Member of the exclusive Plein Air Painters of America.


Today Dennis expresses his passion for the outdoors painting landscapes, rural settings and commissioned historic house portraits that capture scenes from the American West, the Gulf South and the Mid-Atlantic region. With a palette knife, he executes oils in bold strokes and brilliant color. Dennis is also in demand by collectors for his vibrant, contemporary watercolors.


The winner of numerous Best of Show awards in the Gulf South, Dennis’s paintings have also drawn accolades on a national and international level. His work was recognized by the Oil Painters of America in its juried 2015 Eastern Regional Show, held in Indianapolis. And in May 2016, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society awarded Dennis a place in its International Juried Salon. 



RS Hanna Gallery/NOAPS Fall Showcase,  Sept-Dec 2017

River Gallery  2 Person Show,  May 2017



Oil Painters of America

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

American Impressionist Society

The Mississippi Arts Association

Eastern Shore Arts Center, Fairhope, Alabama




National Oil And Acrylic Painters Society International Juried Salon 2016

National Oil Painters Of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibit 2015   

Award of Distinction,  Alabama Power, Magic City Art Connection  2013

Best of Show,  Peter Anderson Art Festival 2013

Award of Excellence,  59th Annual Arts Festival Fairhope, AL 2012                           

Best of Show,  Peter Anderson Art Festival 2011

Best of Show,  Troy Fest 2010

Best of Show,  Arts in the Pass, Pass Christian, MS 2009