[click to hearSusan's interview with Doug Dawson]
Doug Dawson is also a Visiting Artist at Telluride’s Ah Haa School for the Arts, where he is teaching an intensive weekend workshop, “Pastel Painting: Studio Landscapes,” November 6 – 8.
Across the pond in the U.S., pastels were the Rodney Dangerfield of the art world, step-children compared to the more stable medium of oil, and were used only occasionally in portraiture. However, following Degas’ lead, in the late nineteenth century, pastel (and watercolor) became more popular. The Society of Painters in Pastel was founded in 1885.
Doug Dawson is a celebrated member of the American Watercolor Society and the Pastel Society of the Southwest, The Knickerbocker Artists (New York) and the Pastel Society of America. His work has been featured in museum shows, including a one-man show at The Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; and the Societe Des Pastellistes de France International Exhibition, Paris.
Dawson is an alchemist with colored sticks, coaxing the extraordinary out of the ordinary. An astute observer of the everyday, he finds magic in quotidian activities: a nap, parked cars, rainy days, and sleepy streets in small towns such as Telluride.