Warren Dreher demonstrates pastel painting May 1

Warren Dreher demonstrates pastel painting May 1

The Rossmoor Art Association is pleased to welcome local artist Warren Dreher, a pastel painter, as the featured artist at its May meeting.
The demonstration is on Wednesday, May 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in Art Studio One. Doors open at 12:30 am, and the program begins at 1:00 pm. There will be a 20 minute break at 2:00 pm with refreshments and an opportunity to talk with the artist.
Warren will be demonstrating the way he has worked with pastels for the past fifty years.  The drawing materials he started with in the 1960’s, paper, pencils, and pastels, are the same type he still uses today. He will start with a drawing and then show color application. He will also have a slide presentation that will illustrate exactly how much can be accomplished with pastels.  

He grew up living in third and fourth floor tenements and was fascinated at an early age by the effect of sunlight on city walls and sidewalks and spent time as a teenager looking at art books at the local library. In high school, an inspirational art teacher helped his drawing skills. He started painting in the mid 1960’s as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design.  In his youth he received a gift of a box of chalk pastels and then discovered the work of Edgar Degas, an ever present influence even today. The other obvious influence on his paintings was Edward Hopper.  Warren attended graduate school at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  Artists who influenced him were  New York Ab-Ex painter Jack Tworkov, Elmer Bischoff, and Richard Diebenkorn. In Boston he was inspired by an exhibition of Monet’s Early Morning Fog on the Seine paintings sitting for hours absorbing the colors.

In 1978 he decided to move to California. In California a group of early 20th century painters who were heavily influenced by the Impressionist and Fauvist images coming out of Europe caught his interest. He began producing small plein-air images of the local landscape. It was a full circle return to his early images from the East Coast but with the splendor of rural California as the subject matter.

“I can reflect on images of the California Delta and other surrounding waterways which have permeated my work and feel the influence of all my heroes;  the quick strokes, the immediacy of color and above all, the description of light.  I am still doing pastels and oils, both studio and plein-air, and the two mediums continue to provide uniquely different ways of describing the landscape around me.”

For more on Warren, visit his website: http://www.warrendreher.com.

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