Dee Beard Dean is a nationally-recognized artist who has been painting since childhood. She was raised in the countryside of northern Indiana and began her formal studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, and the New York Academy of Art.
In her early years, Dee was a well-known fashion designer manufacturing her own clothing line which sold to over 450 stores throughout the US. She later escaped the hectic lifestyle of the fashion world and went back to her first love, painting. Her greatest inspirations have come from painting en plein air where her elevated senses guide her in creating painterly landscapes filled with evocative light and dramatic shadows. Her highly collectible work hangs in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.
Dee is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, an Honorary Signature Member of International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), a member of Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists. Dee is also known in the art world as an early pioneer in the plein air movement she is the founder of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE). She finds it both a joy and a privilege to share her knowledge and talent with artists through plein air and studio workshops across the United States and abroad. Dee and her husband Nicolai, host annual International Art Trips, recently to Portugal and Provence.
Dee has received awards at many juried art competitions including the Easton and Carmel Plein Air Invitationals, and she has been published in many regional and national journals. She resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Dr. Nicolai Chalfa. Her life and her work are recorded in her book “Painter By Providence” written by Michelle Morton.
Education and Study:
Scottsdale Art School, Fechin Institute, New York Academy of Art, Grand Rapids College, Kendall College
Dee has studied with studied such renowned artists as Millard Wells, Peggy Merrick, Daniel Greene, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Ron Riddick, John Howard Sanden. Scott Christenson, Kevin MacPherson, Camille Przwodek, Albert Handell, and others.
REPRESENTATIONAL ART“Capturing the light on a landscape or subject is the most important thing.” As a plein air painter I am always searching for and trying to capture that light. It is most definitely my inspiration. The marsh views that we have right here in Charleston are good examples of how an ordinary marsh scene can turn into an exquisite painting with studying how light affects the grasses, water, and flat plains. I have discovered that there is color temperature in the light, depending on the time of day…warmer in the afternoon and cooler in the morning. Painting is a never ending journey of study and practicing ones art. It is a journey of joy!Getting outside is good for the soul. The sights and sounds that we experience, the feeling of tranquility can not be duplicated inside the studio. I try to bring the outside in through my plain air studies and paintings by observing closely the color of the light in a scene. I also try to depict the essence of the scene and not every detail is important in the painting…. leaving much to the be filled in by the viewer.. I want there to be an organic feel to the scenes that I paint. Beautiful paintings that pay tribute to the natural world reminds us to slow down and helps us to connect to nature."ABSTRACT PAINTING"I love painting abstract works! As a representational artist, I can tell you that abstracts are more difficult. It is not enough to just put down shapes, forms and colors. This is a completely different type of expressionism conveying interpretation instead of imitation.I use a central theme like the amethyst shape and then pull the energy from that form. It does not read until it becomes a design showing movement and energy. Then, when the work comes together, the feelings and responses from the visual world unfold in front of you."