‘Tugboat’ Painting by Weymouth’s Dennis Doyle

A merchant mariner who works on tugboats for a living, artist Dennis Doyle frequently finds inspiration for his paintings in the harbors and marinas he visits. The lifelong Weymouth resident attended Massachusetts College of Art where he developed an affinity for drawing and a passion for painting. “My tuition was paid with wages earned on the local clam flats and from lobster and gillnet fishing on Stellwagen Bank,” says Doyle.

In 2006, Doyle took a workshop with painter George Nick where he learned to “paint what you see.” “If there is such a thing as plein air painting addiction, I have it, and I hold George Nick partly responsible,” says Doyle.

Doyle has a small South Shore studio, but he’s rarely there. He spends most of his days traveling through coastal waterways from Maine to Louisiana and keeps his paint supplies onboard and at the ready. “I am prepared to chase the light and answer inspiration’s call with a quick painting anywhere on this entire coast,” says Doyle. “Art is an interpretation of life and plein air painting is its body and soul.”

Doyle is represented by South Street Gallery in Hingham and was the gallery’s featured artist for the month of April. He also is part of a group exhibit titled “Painted Boat,” which is open through May 10. To view more examples of the artist’s work, visit South Street Gallery, 149 South St., Hingham.

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