Dale L Popovich, Illiana Artists member will demonstrate his techniques in watercolor on February 10, 2014 at 6:30pm at The Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Avenue, Munster, Indiana 46321. He was the Second Place winner at the Illiana Artists' 15th Juried Exhibition last August at the Chesterton Art Center in Chesterton, IN.
Dale is an award-winning watercolorist and teacher who is passionate about capturing the raw beauty of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. Talent and training aside, it’s Dale’s vision that best informs his work. Temporarily blinded at age 20 for 1-1/2 years, Dale learned to rely on his mind’s eye to sustain him. After a nine hour major brain surgery removing a cyst on his optic nerve, he had to learn how to walk, talk and write again. With vision finally restored, he discovered he could see more clearly than before, easily filtering out the visual “noise” around him to focus on a subject’s essentials. His paintings began to reflect a certain purity of perception, and this “way of seeing” became the hallmark of his painting.
Trained at The American Academy of Art in Chicago by Director and President, Irving Shapiro, AWS. Dale was deeply inspired by this great American twentieth-century watercolorist. Dale later taught for many years at The American Academy of Art.
Many of Dale's paintings carry a piece of his youth, spending his childhood summers in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, he learned to love its colors, textures, denizens and moods. Today, his paintings celebrate these American landscapes and man’s humble efforts to tame it.
Currently, Dale teaches at the prestigious Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. The Palette and Chisel is an association of representational artists, founded in Chicago in 1895, is the second oldest artist organization in the United States, and membership is by an invitation only. He also has workshops, demos, and teaches weekly classes in his own studio in Highland, IN. He takes a holistic approach to painting with his students. Devoted to both painting and teaching, Dale’s work hangs in collections around the country.
PLUS ILLIANA ARTISTS MEMBERS
Bring a non-member fellow artist and get a chance to WIN a half hour private critique with the artist
You could win a chance to have Dale give you a private critique of your artwork for a half hour in his studio. Winner must be present.