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, 
Saks Gallery in Denver, Colorado
 and the
Total Arts Gallery
in Taos, New Mexico.


American Watercolor Society (Juried) l973,’74,’77-Goldsmith Award/Membership Awarded ‘77    New York, NY.
Pastel Society of America Exhibition (Juried) 1975 thro 1991, 1993 thro 2015, 2017     New York, NY
*Membership Awarded -1975 *Bainbridge Award-1976 *Kalikow Award-1999 *Minuto Award-1990
*Salmagundi Award-2000 *Best of Show-1978 *Hermitage Museum Exh-1984 *Blick Award-1987
*Board of Directors Award-1996 *Grumbacher Gold Medal-1986 *Guffini Marcellino Award-2002
*Pearl Award-1998 *Armstrong Award-1982 *Scott Award-1988 *Weiss Epstein Award-2003
*Pastel Sty No. Fla. Award-2013 *Kertzer/Pastel Sty/Canada Award-2004 *Girault Award-2009 ***
Awarded Master Pastelist -1985 ***Awarded PSA Hall of Fame 2008 Honoree
Pastel Society of West Coast Exhibition (Juried)-1998   California
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit (Juried)-1974   Golden, CO.
Allied Artists Exhibit (Juried)-1982, 1991   New York, NY.
National Academy of Western Art (Juried)-1980 *Awarded Silver Medal  Okla.City, OK..
Pastel Scty So.west Exhibit (Juried)- 1982 *Membershp ‘81 -Roe Award’82 -McStay Award’95  Dallas, TX.
Kansas Pastel Society Exhibit (Juried)-1984 *Eberhard-Faber Award   Wichita, KS.
Pastel Society Colorado---Membership & Exhibition 8/14, 7/16 (juried) *Ludwig Award Denver, CO.
Taiwan Pastel Exhibition 2007 & 2010  Taipei, Taiwan
World Relief-sent Dawson to Mali, West Africa -2/85 do major painting Wheaton, Il.
Societe Des Pastellistes de France ---International Exhibition-1987  Paris, France
Summer Institute Linguistics-sent Dawson to Suriname, So. America 3/89  Huntg.Bch, CA.
Who’s Who American Art, Who’s Who in West, Who’s Who in America Listings  New York, NY.
Museum Don Quixote-Workshop for National Artists 7/90  Gto., Mexico
Art Students League of Denver *Founding Board Member-1986 (Instructor 1987-to date)  Denver, CO
Pastel Society Oregon-*Membership Awarded-2002 & Exhibition (Juried) *Holbein Award 9/14  Sprgfd, OR.
Pastel Society New Mexico Exhibition (Juried) *Award 2011 *Award 2012  Albuq, NM.
Audubon Artists Exhibit (Juried)-2000 *Silver Medal Excellence-2002  New York, NY.
Pastel Society Northern Florida-*Membership Awarded 2000   Ft. Walton, Fl..
Art in Embassies-U.S. State Dept.---Dawson work chosen Madagascar Ambassador’s Home 2005-07 Washington,DC.
International Assoc. Pastel Societies Exhibit (Juried)-*Best of Show-1997, 2001,‘15,’17,* IAPS Advisory Council at: Marshfld Hil,MAInt’l
Association Pastel Societies***Master Circle Title Awarded-- - 2006  California
Int’l Biennial Pastel Ptg in Spain -Pintores Pastelistas Espanoles Nov. 2013  Oviedo, Spain
Butler Institute of American Art Museum Exhibition - Dec. 2009 thro Mar. 2010 Youngstown,OH.Southeast
Pastel Society Exhibition (Juried) 6/14  Atlanta, GA.
Northwest Pastel Society Exhibition (Juried) 5/16  Tacoma, WA.
***Retrospective Exhibition at  Art Students League Denver 2/18 & 3/18   Denver, CO.

PUBLICATIONS (including Dawson’s work)

Book:  Art of Pastel Portraiture
Book:  How See, How to Paint It
Book:  Portrait Inspirations
CD Cover***Colcannon "Athens Hotel"
Book:  Basic Portrait Techniques
Book:  Pastel School Book
Colorado Quarterly-10/77***Cover
Book:  Complete Drawing Course
Book:  Figure Drawing Wksp
North Light Magazine-7/91
Book:  How to Paint and Draw
Magazine:  Artist SketchBook
Magazine:  Midwest Art-11/85
Book:  Creative Painting Pastels
Book:  Artist’s Bible-’04-05
Book:  Ethnologue-Lang. Of World-1988*Cover
Book:  Painting Shapes & Edges
Magazine:  Art West -1982
Magazine:  Santa Fe -7/84, 7/92
Book:  Basic Landscape Painting
Book: Painting Weather
Body Guard (Book) by Rex Burns *Cover
The Pastel Book (Taiwan)
Book:  Light
Magazine:  Southwest Profile -8/85
Book:  Life Drawing Class Pastel
Book:  Artists’ Bible 6/06
Magazine:  Focus Santa Fe 8/89, 2/92, 7/98
Magazine: Workshop. ’08,’12
Book:  Endangered Species by Rex Burns *Cover
Master Strokes - Quarto Books/England
Book:  Landscape Artist Drawg
Magazine:  Getting Started in Art -Spring-2001
Magazine:  Science Vie Jr. France
Book: Mixing Color
Magazine:  Artists’ Rockies .Winter 1979
Magazine:  New Mexican 6/01
Book:  Best of Pastels
Magazine:  Art Gallery Int’l 1/86
DVD Dawson Plein-Air 2005
Book:  Texture
Magazine:  Artists & Illustrators 5/92 (England)
Magazine:  Pratique Des Arts France 8/17
Book:  Complete Paint HandBook ‘12
Pastel Journal Mag.-1999, 3/00, 2/05, 4/06, 8/08, 2/09, 6/10, 1/12, 12/14
Book:  How to Paint Skin Tones
Book:  Survey of Aesthetics
Magazine:  Today’s Art & Graphics 1/82
Book:  Encyclopedia Drawing Techniques
Magazine:  The New Mexican Mag. 6/01
Magazine:  Amer. Psych Journal (cover) ’12 &’13
Magazine:  Pratique Art -France 3/14
Masterpiece Magazine 2005
Book:  Pure Color: Best of Pastel 2006
Book:  Drawing & Painting in Color ‘95
Magazine:  Pastel Artists Int’l   Feb,Mar,Apr. 2000
Magazine:  Art of Pastel Portraiture
Magazine:  Santa Fean Now   10/16
Magazine:  Artist’s 11/92, 5/86 *Cover, 9/87, 6/02, 2/03, 7/03, 8/03, 2/04, 2/05, 11/05
Magazine:  American Artist -1976*Covr,7/98, 2/10
Book:  Tonal Values
Magazine:  Amer.Artist Wkp Prof 2012
Santa Fean Calendar 5/16
Magazine:   Western Art Collector  6/17
Book:  Dare to Dream -Urania Christy Tarbet 2013
Magazine:  Southwest Art '81, '86, '93, 2015, 2017, 2018

***Book by Dawson: Capturing Light & Color with Pastel
                    North Light Publishing

***Doug Dawson-8622 W. 44th Place-Wheat Ridge, Colorado ph: 303-421-4584 Web Site: dougdawsonartist.com


The pastel art of Doug Dawson. Dawson is a mastions refer to the workshop page.