A third-generation Californian, Dennis Doheny was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and currently resides in Santa Barbara. Growing up with an innate love of art, he spent much of his childhood drawing and painting. Although he studied some art in school, Doheny is largely self-taught. After graduating from Pacific Palisades High School in 1974, he exhibited with Petersen Gallery of Beverly Hills. From 1986 until 1996, Doheny supported his family with a steady career in commercial art until his passion for fine art painting prevailed.
Since 1996, his fine art career has developed a strong following both locally and nationally. Collectors are drawn to his beautiful, heroic renderings of the Western landscape. Taking the best from the great California and Hudson River School artists of the past, Dennis has fused and reinterpreted the genres, combining dramatic light, rich color, and specifically selected and finely crafted detail to create a unique and distinctive vision of the American West.
Doheny is the recipient of numerous awards. Most recently, in April 2016, he received the Irvine Museum Prize at the California Art Club’s 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. In addition, the painting was purchased by the California Art Club, and it will hang permanently at the California Club in Los Angeles, California. Previously, he was awarded the Irvine Museum Gold Medal and the American Art Collector Award of Excellence at the California Art Club’s 2013 exhibition. In 2009, Doheny was honored to be chosen for the Edgar Payne Award for best landscape at the California Art Club’s 2009 Gold Medal Juried Exhibition. In both 2006 and 2008, he received the Frederic Remington Painting Award given in recognition of exceptional artistic merit at the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale. Also in 2006, he was honored with the Inaugural Purchase Prize at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West and is proud to be a part of their permanent collection. At the Autry’s 2003 Masters of the American West, he won the Masters of the American West Award, and his painting was acquired by the Autry for its permanent collection. He received the Granville Redmond Memorial Purchase Prize in 2000 for his painting New Dawn at the California Art Club’s Spring Salon, and in 1998 he received First Place in the Carmel Art Festival. He is a Signature Member of the California Art Club.