Isaacs Art Center

Dennis Morton

Dennis Morton has been painting since 1972, first in New England, where he studied art in college, and then in Hawaii. In 1974, Morton took an apprenticeship with Richard Whitney, an internationally recognized portrait artist. While developing his skills as a portrait artist, Morton devoted equal time to exploring the possibilities of landscape painting. He now focuses mostly on landscapes. He defines his style as "Visual Impressionism," a combination of classical drawing with impressionistic colors. Most of the time, Dennis paints out of doors. "You have to struggle sometimes to find the right spot," he says, "but the place often carries the whole painting." In 1988, Morton was honored at the New Hampshire State House where twenty of his paintings were exhibited. The Governor John Sununu formally recognized the value of his paintings and the state purchased six of the larger paintings. Landscape paintings of Hawaii can be found in the Corporate Headquarters of Bank of America, Bank of Hawaii, and First Hawaiian Bank. Others are at The Courtyards at Punahou, Castle Medical Center in Kailua and in many private collections in Hawaii. Dennis divides his time between New England and Hawaii, with the majority of the year spent in Hawaii.