"Most of my paintings begin with a moment of connection with a common object or scene: fundamentally re-viewing something I've seen around me dozens, maybe hundreds of times, and realizing that it has within it the seed of a work of art. These quiet, peaceful, and intimate moments are for me the essence of what it means to be an artist. They also have a direct bearing on the kinds of paintings I make. It's no accident that nearly all of my paintings are still lifes. I suppose they are really attempts to hold and savor these moments of mental and spiritual stillness.

"My work owes an obvious and conscious debt to the great Dutch still life masters of 350 years ago. With every brushstroke, I strive to meet the example they set; in balanced and graceful composition, clear observation, and precise execution. That said, I live and work very much in the present day. Although the influence is usually subtle, the modern sensibility inevitably expresses itself. I take a real delight in discovering the marriage of these two worlds.

"The procedure I follow also mirrors the working methods of the Dutch masters: A detailed drawing is followed by a monochromatic underpainting, and then numerous glazes and scumbles to build deep colors and rich textures. Each painting - even the small ones - may take many weeks from start to finish. The process itself becomes an extended meditation on patience and craft; an echo of the visual calm I seek to evoke.

"For me, the road to becoming an artist was not a direct one, and it took me a number of years to find this calling. My formal education is actually in music; I am an accomplished violinist and was a Ph. D. candidate in composition at a major university. Upon leaving graduate school, I was able to develop my interest in electronic and computer-generated music into a career as a computer programmer. For a decade I worked in this field, ultimately becoming a senior software engineer at an internet commerce company.

"During this time, I began painting. What started as a past-time quickly developed into a serious hobby, and then a profound and abiding passion. Feeling that nothing worthwhile is achieved by half-measures, in 2006 I decided to set aside my engineering career and made a full-time commitment to painting. Since then I have produced a steady body of work and built a solid, growing base of collectors throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

"Outside of the studio, I am a broadly curious life-long learner, with history, astronomy, and Asian cultures being particular interests; I also travel as much as possible. These varied experiences and pursuits make me a better painter - and they certainly make me a better person. Every day, I'm deeply grateful to have the opportunity to devote myself to the never-ending quest to develop and perfect my craft.

Studies in figurative and still life painting
Dennis Cheaney, The New England Realist Art Center, Boston, MA, 2005 to 2006

Ph.D. program in music theory and composition
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1990 to 1995

Bachelor of Music in composition
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1990

Professional Experience
Fine artist, 2006 to present

Software developer in the internet and publishing industries, 1995 to 2006

Approximately 400 private collections in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia

American Art Collector
"Beyond the Ordinary"
January 2015, p 90

American Art Collector
"Everlasting Objects: Still Life Art Today"
January 2011, pp 97-99

American Art Collector
"Food for Thought: Epicurean Art Today"
July 2010, pp 81-83

Art Calendar Magazine
"The New Internet Sensation: A Painting A Day"
October 2006, pp 3-8

Professional Memberships
The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA
The International Guild of Realism, Scottsdale, AZ

Current Gallery Representation
Copley Society of Art
58 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-5049

J. Todd Galleries
572 Washington Street (Route 16)
Wellesley, MA 02482
(781) 237-3434

Powers Gallery
144 Great Road (Rt. 2A)
Acton, Massachusetts 01720
(978) 263-5105

Art 3 Gallery
44 West Brook Street
Manchester, NH 03101
(800) 668-9938

Past Gallery Representation
M Gallery of Fine Art
11 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
2012 to 2014 (Sale of gallery)

Juried Exhibits
The Copley Society of Art
Inclusion in multiple exhibits
Boston, MA 2012 - 2015

Guild of Boston Artists
"Annual Regional Painting Competition"
Boston, MA 2012, 2010

Howard/Mandville Gallery
"Small Works Exhibit"
Seattle, WA 2013

Finalist, Annual Painting Salon
Art Renewal Center, 2012-2013

Paradise City Arts Festival
Marlborough, MA 2012 - 2015

Grosse Point Arts Center
"Realism and Surrealism"
Grosse Point, MI, 2012

Paradise City Arts Festival
Northampton, MA 2012

Newton Open Studios
Newton, MA 2012, 2013, 2014

Melrose Arts Festival
Melrose, MA 2013, 2012, 2011, 2007, 2006

The Carnegie Arts Center
"The Art of Food"
Covington, KY, 2012

Mason Murer Fine Arts
"Realism Exhibit"
Atlanta, GA 2011

SOWA Art Walk
Boston, MA 2004 to 2008 (annual)

United South End Artists Open Studios
Boston, MA 2004 to 2008 (annual)

SOWA First Friday Exhibits
Boston, MA 2004 to 2008 (monthly)

The Hourglass Gallery
Melrose, MA 2006 to 2008

Southern Vermont Arts Center
Manchester, VT 2006 to 2007

The Three Graces Gallery
Portsmouth, NH 2006 to 2007

Got Art?
Holliston, MA 2006

Essex Art Center Paint-Out and Auction
Lawrence, MA 2006 and 2007

Anton Fine Art Gallery
Wakefield, MA 2005

The Bromfield Gallery, 10 x 10 Show
Boston, MA 2004