Dick Ensing owner of the Dutchman's Loft studio, located 1-1/2 miles
from Dollywood, paints in the tradition of the French impressionist. With
Cades Cove and the surrounding country side as his inspiration; Dick says
landscape painting in the Great Smoky Mountains is a real experience,
because the light in the mountains is filtered by the atmosphere causing the colors to have a prismatic effect, this creates a mood that captivates the feeling and beauty of God's awesome power."
As the 5th generation grandson of the legendary Dutch painter Adrian
Van Der Werf. (1659-1722) . Dick values his heritage, as Adrian was the most famous painter of his day and achieved a high level of academic perfection in all his work, even surpassing Rembrandt who died when Adrian was 10 years Old. Dick has studied art with Robert Brackman, Madison Connecticut, William Schultz , Lenox Massachusetts, Herb Abrams, Washington Connecticut, and portraiture with Ilene Ross Smith kin, New York. He has taught art at Arrow mount School of Art, Walters State College, and given workshops at many colleges and art leagues. Along with Dicks other accomplishments he has a degree in engineering and plays jazz as a hobby.
Dick, his wife Pat and son Curt have adopted The Great Smoky Mountains
as their home.