IN PURSUIT OF THE GOLDEN KEY
STEPHEN GIBB

When I discovered Hieronymus Bosch at age 11 I knew I was going to be an artist. Up until that point my idea of an artist was Norman Rockwell, so imagine my surprise.
The artwork that made an early impression on my tiny 1960s mind was Rat Fink and the gruesome “Hot Rod” characters popularized by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. There was something both revolting and appealing about his creations that I can’t quite resolve in my mind.
I also had this inexplicable sort of fascination/repulsion with commercial icons like the lovable Aunt Jemima, the quirky Quaker Oats guy and the unsettling nursery rhyme illustrations of Humpty Dumpty, man-in-the-moon faces and any highly-rendered cartoon character displaying an extreme emotion.
Everyone is quick to lump me with surrealism and specifically with Salvador Dali but I think I have more to do with MAD magazine than with Sigmund Freud.
                                                                           
                                                                          
                                                                           -Stephen Gibb
DENNIS WHITE

Dennis started creating art when he was 28-years-old. He wasn’t sure he had the talent to create art until he asked his wife for some canvas and paints for Christmas one year.
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“I always liked art but I didn’t know I could do it. I tried a few things and I really got a lot of encouragement from people. It’s slowly progressed,” said White. “I like realism, but I’ve been leaning a lot more toward some impressionistic stuff. I’ve been trying to experiment with different styles and such, and I’m kind of liking doing things out of the norm, where I was always afraid to go that route before.”
Dennis is currently working with his son, Dylan,at their studio in Amherstburg  to create murals for each of the Pet Valu Dog Wash stations across Canada.
“I hope this lasts a long time,  neither one of us thinks we’re going to get rich off of this but if we can make a living we’re happy. If we can make a living as artists, we’re thrilled.”
                                                                              
                                                                               -Dennis White