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Dennis Hill, well-known local artist

Dennis was born in Sheffield in 1924 and came to Dorset when he was 9 years old. He recalls drawing on tram windows using the medium of condensation when aged 7!

He attended Poole Grammar School and whilst there made friends with other young budding artists, painting together in one another's houses. His first public exhibit was a framed portrait of Stalin copied from a photograph when he was aged 13. This was in Snook's shop window for several weeks.

Dennis left Poole Grammar School in 1940 and joined the Royal Ordnance Office in Creekmoor as an apprentice. He went on to teach engineering design at Bournemouth College until his retirement.

Dennis spent time on his painting as a hobby throughout his working life and is still an active member of three local clubs. Over time he has given many demonstrations to different art clubs in neighbouring counties as well as in Dorset. He exhibited his paintings whilst still working and describes his situation 'as the best of all worlds'. As he was not reliant on income from his paintings he could paint exactly what he wished but nevertheless there have always been people wishing to purchase his work. He loves working using water colours, oil and acrylic but is best known for his watercolours.

Purchasers of his work include: Poole Maritime Museum, British Petroleum, Royal Ordnance Survey and the Russell Cotes Loan Collection and an enormous number of individuals. The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours has one of his watercolours in their permanent collection. He has exhibited and sold work at the Royal Institute continuously over a period of twenty years and was made a candidate for election to membership. He also had work accepted by the Royal West of England Academy, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and the Royal Watercolour Society.

Dennis is a long-time resident of Broadstone and member of Broadstone Methodist Church. Following a request from the Reverend George Yates he designed the 'furniture' for the Church Sanctuary which was made in Wimborne.

He has been a member of Broadstone Art Society since 1956 and tells me he has been privileged and honoured to be its President since 2007.

I tried to establish just how many paintings Dennis has completed over the years ~ this proved to be an impossible task but must amount to several thousands.

Now aged 93, he is still producing 3 or 4 paintings a week ~ these are mainly painted on the spot.


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