Dick Ensing, owner of the Dutchman’s Loft studio, Dick paints in the tradition of the French impressionist. With Cades Cove and The Great Smoky Mountains as his inspiration, Dick says," Landscape painting in the Great Smoky Mountains is a real experience, because the light in the mountains is filtered by the atmosphere, causing the colors to have a prismatic effect. This creates a mood and drama that captivates the feeling and beauty of Gods’ awesome power.” As the 5th generation grandson of the legendary Dutch painter Adrian VanDer Werf (1659-1722), Dick values his heritage, as Adrian was the most famous painter of his day and achieved a high level of academic perfection in all his work. Dick has studied art with Robert Brackman, Madison Ct.- William Schultz - Lenox Mass., Herb Abrams - Washington Ct., and portraiture with Illona Ross Smithkin- N.Y. He has taught art at Arrowmount School of Art, Walters State College, Center College, Danville, KY and many others. He has given workshops for many art leagues. Presently Dick offers workshops for Jerry's Artarama, Cheap Joes Art Supplies and Plaza Arts. Along with Dicks’ other accomplishments, he has a degree in Art, Electronics, Industrial Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering. He also plays jazz as a hobby. Dick, his wife, Pat, and son, Curt, have adopted The Great Smoky Mountains as their home.
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