Dennis McCallum was born in Wigtown, Scotland, in 1951. His natural talent for drawing emerged and developed at school and it was here whilst studying for his “A” level that the fact that he was colour blind was also discovered prompting Dennis to disregard any thoughts of art school or pursuing a career in the arts world. In fact it was not until the mid 1970’s that he gained the confidence to include colour in his work and took seriously the idea of painting professionally. Since this time he has refined and perfected his distinctive self taught style.
Following his lifelong love of the countryside on leaving school he trained as a land surveyor with the Ordnance Survey and worked on the maps of rural south west Scotland for many years. He has also been one of the few registered keepers for the Department of the Environment caring for injured birds of prey.
From the outset, Dennis has single-mindedly pursued his interest in drawing and painting wildlife. His work was well received with shows at local galleries in the Galloway area being quickly followed by invitations to exhibit with galleries such as David Messum in Windsor, The Malcolm Innes in Edinburgh and HC Dickins in London.
Throughout his career as a self taught artist, he has experimented with many mediums such as oil and pastels but always returned to his first love watercolour which he finds the best for capturing the intricate detail which uniquely epitomises his work.