Dale L Popovich dalepopovich.com is an award-winning watercolorist, signature member of the Illinois Watercolor Society, 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.
Dale spent 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. Devoted to both painting and teaching, he lives and creates his watercolor paintings in Highland, IN. His holistic approach to painting can be seen in collections around the country.
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 22 years at The American Academy of Art. Currently, he teaches at the prestigious Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. The Palette & 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 teaches at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL and in his own studio I'm Highland, IN.
In addition, Dale and his wife, Marilee recently launched an online art school ToweringWindAcademyOfFineArts.com.
Currently, courses include watercolor painting. In 2017 additional courses will include art-marketing and computer technology for fine artists. Their goal is to share their vast knowledge to a larger audience.
I have been a watercolorist and art instructor for over 36+ years and firmly believe that it’s important for the artist to know the fundamentals of art, drawing, composition, perspective, and color theory. Only a foundation in these basics allows artists to give their imaginations free rein, to depart from reality (a little or a lot) to create a unique and personal vision.
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I have been an art instructor for over 30 years and firmly believe that it’s important for the artist to know the fundamentals of art, drawing, composition, perspective and color theory. It is only with this grounding in basics that the artist can give full play to his or her imagination, and depart from reality (either a little or a lot) to create the mood he or she is seeking to convey. After all, it is imagination coupled with skill and craftsmanship that is the key for any artist. Imagination is the child within all of us and cannot be lost.
Brown County Art Gallery Artist Association
In 1926, they formed the Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association and set up a gallery in a former grocery store donated by a patron. For over eight decades, the Gallery has managed to survive wars, depressions, recessions, fire and relocation, making it one of the oldest galleries in the United States.