About the Artist


"Study of Ella" 9.5 x 10.75 pastel
©Doug Dawson


Doug Dawson was born in Oak Park, Ill. He attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He taught science and art for the Denver Public schools for 6 years. He has taught art for Colorado Institute of Art, Colorado Christian University, and The Art Students League of Denver. He is a founding board member for the The Art Students League of Denver, where he presently teaches a Plein Air class and a Studio Landscape class. He teaches 8 to 10 workshops around the country each year. For a list of workshops go to Workshop Info.

Doug Dawson has exhibited with and/or received numerous awards from a number of different art organizations, including but not limited to:  The Pastel Society of America,  American Watercolor Society, Knickerbocker Artists,  The National Academy of Western Art,  Southeastern Pastel Society,  Pastel Society of West Coast,  Audubon Artists,  Kansas Pastel Society,   Allied Artists,  the Pastel Society of the Southwest,  the Pastel Society of New Mexico, the Pastel Society of Oregon,  the Pastel Society of Colorado,  and the International Association of Pastel Societies.
To honor his achievements, he was given the title of
Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America (NY, NY) in 1985 and awarded the title of Master Circle by the International Association of Pastel Societies in 2005  (California). 

***Pastel Society of America in New York---2008 Hall of Fame

Doug Dawson is represented by the Ventana Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 
Telluride Gallery
, in Telluride Colorado,    Saks Gallery in Denver, Colorado
 and the
Total Arts Gallery
in Taos, New Mexico.

Museum Shows including Dawson:
The Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum--- Seattle, WA. (one man show
Societe Des Pastellistes de France International Exhibition---Paris, France
Hunter Museum of American Art--- Chattanooga, TN.
Heritage Museum--- Norfolk, VA.
John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Edward Dean Museum---CA.
Martello Museum---Key West, Florida
Arnot Museum---Elmira, N.Y.
Saginaw Art Museum---Saginaw,  MI.
Columbia  Museum---Columbia, SC.
Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences---Savannah,  GA.
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum---Canyon, TX.
Denver Art Museum---Denver, CO.
Edwards Museum---Clovis, NM.
Colorado History Museum---Denver, CO.
Van Vechten-Lineberry Museum---Taos, NM.
Southern Allegheny Museum---Loretto, PA.
Longview Art Museum---Irving, TX.
Spiva Museum---Joplin, Missouri
Western Museum---Wickenburg, AZ.
National  Taiwan Arts/Education Exhibition x2 ---Taipei, Taiwan
Butler Institute of American Art Museum---Youngstown, OH.

Art Society Memberships:
American Watercolor Society
Pastel Society of America

Pastel Society of Colorado
Pastel Society of Oregon
Pastel Society of the Southwest
Pastel Society of Kentucky
Pastel Society of North Florida
Plein-Air Painters of Colorado

Some Books/Magazines: (Including Dawson)

Capturing Light & Color with Pastel By Doug Dawson    (Published by North Light)
(This book is no longer in print) - check Ebay or Amazon.com if you are trying to find a copy

***DVD Dawson PleinAir Painting  (Produced by Rohm Co.  2005)
Dare to Dream  (Bk by Urania C. Tarbet) 2013
How to Paint Skin Tones
How to See How to Paint It
Basic Portrait Techniques
Art of Pastel Portraiture
Complete Drawing Course
How to Paint and Draw
Creative Painting Pastels
Painting Shapes & Edges
Basic Landscape Painting
The Pastel Book (Taiwan)
Life Drawing Class Book
Mixing Color
Tonal Values
Best of Pastels
Painting Weather
Portrait Inspirations
Pastel School Book
Figure Drawing Workshop
Artist's Bible-'04-'05
Encyclopedia of Drawing Techniques
Pure Color:  The Best of Pastel
Art of Pastel Portraiture
How to See/How to Paint It
Workshop Prof. Magazine-American Artist 2012
American Artist Magazine - 1976 , 10/96, 7/98, 2/10
Artists of the Rockies Magazine -Winter 1979
Art West Magazine -1982
Today's Art & Graphics Magazine- 1/82
Santa Fe Magazine -7/84, 7/92
Midwest Art Magazine -11/85
Southwest Art Magazine -Winter '81,  7/86
Southwest Profile Magazine-8/85
Survey of Aesthetics - academic article written by Doug Dawson
North Light Magazine -7/91
Getting Started in Art Magazine-'01
Art Gallery International Magazine - 1/86
Focus Santa Fe Magazine  8/89,  2/92,  7/98
Santa Fe Magazine 7/84,  7/92
Artist's & Illustrators Magazine- 5/92 England
Science Vie Jr. Magazine-France
Pastel Artists International Magazine -Feb./Mar/April 2000
Getting Started in Art Magazine- 2001
The Pastel Journal Magazine- 4/99, 3/00,  2/05, 4/06, 8/08, 2/09, 6/10, 2/12
Artist's Magazine-  5/86, 9/87, 11/92, 6/02,  2/03, 7/03,  2/04,  2/05
Artist Sketchbook Magazine- 4/03
New Mexican Magazine-  6/01
Masterpiece Magazine- 11/05
Workshop Magazine-  Fall, 2008, 2012
American Psychologist Journal *covers x2--- 2013
Complete Painter's Handbook 712
Pratique des Art Mag. 3/14 *France



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The pastel art of Doug Dawson. Dawson is a master pastelest and teacher. He is known for his figure, landscape and twilight city scenes. He teaches pastel workshops throughout the United States. Besides pastel Dawson also works in oil. For information about the galleries that represent him go to the gallery listing page. For a calendar of workshops and workshop locations refer to the workshop page.