Strategies, motifs, and processes employed in his graduate work were developed while he was an undergraduate sculpture major at The University of Texas at Austin. Dennis has received numerous grants, fellowships, scholarships, and awards, and has exhibited in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Miami Beach. Prior to pursuing his BFA, he worked professionally in computer graphics, toy design, and as a syndicated cartoonist. Dennis grew up in Los Angeles and attributes his aesthetic sensibilities to a thorough Southern California enculturation. His home is now in Austin, Texas and after attaining his MFA degree he plans to work in his studio there while pursuing a presence in Houston and other art centers.