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By the late 70's, Dennis had the opportunity to sell some of his paintings through an art gallery in Chicago and within about a year was discovered by many other art dealers and collectors. By 1982 he had to paint six days a week just to keep up with sales. By this time his work had attained a quality comparable to the "Old Masters" works that he had admired in museums.
In 1985 Dennis and his wife, Susanne, relocated to southern California where the major portion of his artwork was being marketed. Now and then they take time out to go on romantic trips to scenic and historic places. The trips very often turn adventuresome due to another constant travelling companion, his camera. It was either a pretty Victorian house, or an old, quaint English village, or maybe that elusive majestic castle in Germany that he had to find in order to photograph and use in his home studio. When Dennis makes personal apperances at art exhibits, people are delighted with the story of how a painting comes together and that he found the subject for it.. on a certain "trip".
Mr. Lewan has developed a style with unique qualities and has become "the modern day master of realism, romanticism and fantasy". He says, "I concentrate on picking up where the "Old Masters" left off, by adding camouflaged images in many of my paintings. I like to have a painting tell a story and stimulate the imagination of everyone who views it. I like to create in each painting a special place that people want to 'walk into and visit' ".
Art collectors are also attracted by the great depth and detail of each painting and other artists have been inspired to emulate his style. Dennis's paintings have made their way into many countries and into the collections of many celebrities, corporations and banking institutions. Among the awards he has received, the one he seems most proud of is the 1997 Collector's Edition Award of Excellence in the fine art print category. His winning painting titled "The Bearister's Mansion" was chosen by popular vote from the many readers of Collector's Edition Magazine all over North America.