EWW: Denis, what emotions or feelings do you want people to walk away with after they have finished viewing your work?
Denis: I hope that those who see my images will see the beauty and complexity that I see in them. I would hope they would be able to see that geometric images can be exciting and joyful. I would hope they recognize the asymmetry of the form but the balance of the total image.
EWW: I am curious to know, if someone were asked to make a comment about your work as a whole, what do you think they would say?
Denis: I have had people comment directly to me but how do we ever know if that is what they would say to others when we are absent. I can only hope that they would say that the images have a professional quality to them… distinct and well composed… unusual and beautiful.
EWW: What would be your comments about your work, as a whole?
Denis: Typically they are unplanned except for my need for a piece to be asymmetric. I don’t like mirror images and balance of forms. They show high attention to the composition of the geometry and the chosen colors are what the lines and images require.
EWW: What makes your work unique from others? If I walked into an exhibition, would I immediately be able to identifying your work?
Denis: Regardless of the media that I work in, all of my pieces are an attempt to celebrate the beauty of the geometric shape. I have produced architectural pieces, counter tops, tables, cabinets, wood construct sculptures, and paintings on canvas & on paper, besides the computer generated images that I have recently produces and show herein as a collection. In every piece, I have always tried to celebrate the pleasing shapes that lye within the world of geometry.
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EWW: Are there any themes that consistently run from one work to the other such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?
Denis: My focus is always on the Point, Line, and Plane in its geometric sense… asymmetrically composed to provide a pleasing composition of shape. Then there is the search for right color and finish that best compliments the piece to provide the proper impact.
EWW: From the work I reviewed in your solo exhibitions for Exhibitions Without Walls, you work is only in color – no black & white. Is this a correct observation? If so, why?
Denis: This is a correct observation. Wassily Kandinski felt that each shape and image within the composition spoke of its own color. That color was a requirement for the piece and no other color would provide the correct impact. I have grown to believe the same. I have produced only one piece so far that I believe is best for only black and white and have included it in the additional images that I provide within this article (Topsy Turvy).
EWW: What do you see as the major challenges today for photographers in terms of marketing and promotion?
Denis: Although I have experimented with photography and have a couple of images that I have held onto, I have never considered myself a photographer. I take pictures.
Still, I believe photographers have even greater challenges than many other artists in that they have to not only recognize or create the composition but they also have so many additional lighting, textural, and colorizing considerations to manipulate.
EWW: How are you dealing with these challenges?
Denis: I am what they call a “C” type person. Quite easy going and rarely get frustrated to a situation, but I am just like anyone else and I do get discouraged, confused, excited, and inspired. I recognize there are often situations and happenings that we cannot control. What I can control is how I react to what happens. I can only hope that people like what I do. Even so, it will not change what I do.
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EWW: Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work? If you do, which social media platform seems to work the best for you?
Denis: I have used Facebook and now have started using my Linked-in account along with EWW. I have found them to be perhaps good platforms to promote my work but have not yet found these to produce sales. There are so many ways to market one’s work that we each have to keep searching until we find that method that works for us.
EWW: Denis, just to wrap up the interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
Denis: This past summer I had an unusual and very emotional experience in a hotel bar in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The waitress, knowing that I was trying to develop and promote my art, recognized another patron there and asked him if he would be willing to talk to me. He was willing and came up to the bar to talk to me. He was Bill Rains… the celebrated and wonderfully talented Montana Sculptor that has produced so many lifelike and life sized bronze sculptures of so many Western and Grand-ole-Opry stars. While he talked about his experience with a photo session with Dolly Parton, he quickly made me, with one continuous scissor cut, a paper cut out of a buffalo. As he signed and handed it to me, he told me to never forget… “No matter what happens or does not happen, never give up your passion and pursuit of your art. Don’t ever stop… Keep going!”