Dennis Patrick Lewan was born in 1948 and was raised near the small town of Thorp, Wisconsin. He studied architecture and design just outside of Chicago, Illinois. His creative abilities initially led him to a career in music, composing and performing in a rock band on two continents. Eventually they were under contract to Hugh Heffner and his Playboy Clubs. His performances entertained many famous celebrities including Frank Sinatra.
While Dennis Lewan is largely self-taught, he has been under the tutelage of other professional artists and teachers. He has traveled extensively and visited many museums to study the Old Master paintings, realizing that “to paint like the masters, one must learn from the masters.” He works with the aid of an extensive collection of references that he has accumulated over twenty years. This allows him to recreate Holland, Belgium and other areas of Europe and America.
His art reflects the nostalgic lifestyle of the 18th and 19th centuries with colorful, realistic and gem-like precision. His most popular subjects include English manor houses, cottages and village streets, scenes of Dutch cities and quaint neighborhoods, flower gardens and windmills of rural Holland-Belgium and harbors from all over the world. Dennis Lewan wishes to provide the viewer with a glimpse into centuries past acquainting them with its beauty and serenity, executing the brilliant color-play and back lighting of the Masters. His paintings are traditional and representational, with warmth, romanticism and tranquility.