Size: 36"H X 24"WOverall: 45" X 38"WBorn in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 20, 1960. Dennis Carney first pursued a path in commercial art and design. After receiving a B.F.A in advertising art from the University of North Texas in 1985, he worked as an art director in Texas for seven years. He then moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to pursue fine art and developed an expressive style inspired in large part by his study with master ceramicist Peter Voulkus, because of his ground breaking use of expressive forms in ceramic- tearing and reshaping the utilitarian into more than mere plates and vessels.Other Creative Influences: Vernon Fisher and Eric Fishel, for their great names and their use of words combined with image to narrate a story, real or imagined; Leonardo, because of his scientific as well as artistic genius--a very creative thinker.Carney's work employs layering of texture and glazes with fragments of imagery that evoke history and antiquity. Images have a neoclassic, romantic quality; the underlying, complex construction/deconstruction echoes the cycles of nature, growth and change. His attunement to nature also leads Carney to spend time in the outdoors, whether hiking and skiing in the mountains or fishing or rafting on the rivers. Favorite place, real or imagined: Any natural, outdoor setting. "I spent fifteen days on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. That was a religious experience."Favorite Time in History: The Renaissance, Classical Greece and turn-of-the-century western United States. "Instead of the present, I would like to live ten years in the future."