Dennis McGregor the artist, or singer-songwriter, or author – one and the same.
As song-writer, Dennis started in the 1970s with the original acid-swing group, Natty Bumppo. His electric violin and wacky songs were a key element of their uniquely exciting style. They were immediately discovered at L.A.'s Troubador and were soon opening for acts like Cheech & Chong, Jimmy Buffett, The Dirt Band and others. Every major studio in L.A. brought them in to record demos, but no one could figure out how to market their "off the wall" sound in the disco era.
As artist, Dennis spent a decade developing his unique illustrative style, eventually earning a national reputation for outstanding work. Then, in 2004, Oregon Public Broadcasting showed up to document his songs and paintings for Oregon Art Beat. The rest is history, making music and painting collectable art for more than 20 years. Locally, his work is legendary.
As author, Dennis' thoughts of covered wagons, the Oregon Trail, and quilts were realized in his first children’s book, Dream Again, released in 2013.
Dennis was the featured artist at Sisters Gallery and Frame Shop in September 2014 – a show which included the original paintings “All the Town’s A Stage,” and “Buck” – 2014 Sisters Folk Festival Posters. Many of his original paintings are now available in the Gallery, along with small prints and his book, "Dream Again."
Currently, Dennis is hard at work painting the next round of commemorative posters for the 20th Annual Sisters Folk Festival, 40th Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, 75th Annual Sisters Rodeo. What a guy!
You can see more of his music and art work at his website.