Bio – Andrew Dickson
At an early age, Andrew Dickson was involved in art and spent hours drawing from imagination. His mother Annette Dickson is an accomplished wildlife painter, and through her he became acquainted with noted landscape painters Milford Zornes and Joella Mahoney. After attending a painting workshop with Zornes, Andrew was inspired to pursue a career in art with conviction. With little formal training, over the course of a year, he began a daily routine of painting outdoors in pastels along the coastline of the Monterey Peninsula where he grew up. During that time he benefited from the critical feedback and encouragement of professional artist and award winning filmmaker Rick Harper.
Not long after, Andrew was accepted into the graduate program at California State University, Long Beach where he completed his MFA. At Long Beach, Andrew had the unique privilege to study drawing and painting with Domenic Cretara and his graduate committee chair, Yu Ji (a former student and teacher at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing). Andrew’s aesthetic ideas and studio practice were profoundly influenced by these two teachers who both emphasized the significance of drawing from life.
Andrew exhibits his art regionally and nationally and his work has been shown at the Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA; The Fisher Museum of Art at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Wright State University, Dayton OH; Manifest Creative Research Center, Cincinnati, OH; The College of the Sequoias, Visalia, CA; Merced College, Merced CA; and The Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA. Andrew’s paintings of the industrial landscape of the Port of Long Beach were the subject of a feature article in American Artist Magazine. Andrew is also an Artist member of the California Art Club and exhibits with them regularly.
Much of Andrew’s work can be characterized by a focus on ordinary and unusual locations that are often overlooked. For the past several years he has developed a body of work on the landscape of the Salton Sea and has been involved with several group shows and publications related to this area including an exhibition at The Salton Sea Museum, articles in Palm Springs Life Magazine and Outdoor Painter Magazine, along with multiple images published in a book titled Valley of the Ancient Lake.
The majority of Andrew's paintings and drawings are created on location from observation. His studio works are usually developed from careful drawing studies and color sketches painted from life. Andrew rarely uses photography as a reference for his work as he values the personal experience, and vast artistic possibilities that can be uncovered by working from life.
He has taught drawing and painting at California State University, Long Beach and Huntington University in Indiana. Andrew currently works as an Associate Professor of Foundation Painting at California State University, Fullerton. He has also served as a CSU Summer Arts Course Coordinator for six years and currently coordinates the Summer Art’s Drawing and Painting courses in Florence, Italy. In his teaching, Andrew is committed to providing a fundamental understanding of the concepts, materials, and methods of painting with an emphasis on clear visual perception. Andrew, his wife and three children reside in the California Heights neighborhood of Long Beach.
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