“Boy Walking on Street” by Dee Beard Dean


“Boy Walking on Street” by Dee Beard Dean. Oil on board. Signed lower right.

Dee Beard Dean is a nationally-recognized artist who has been painting since childhood. She was raised in the countryside of northern Indiana and began her formal studies at Kendall College of Art and Design, and the New York Academy of Art.

In her early years, Dee was a well-known fashion designer manufacturing her own clothing line which sold to over 450 stores throughout the US. She later escaped the hectic lifestyle of the fashion world and went back to her first love, painting.  Her greatest inspirations have come from painting en plein air where her elevated senses guide her in creating painterly landscapes filled with evocative light and dramatic shadows. Her highly collectible work hangs in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.

Dee is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, an Honorary Signature Member of International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), a member of Oil Painters of America, Eastern League of Professional Artists, and American Women Artists.  Dee is also known in the art world as an early pioneer in the plein air movement she is the founder of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE).  She finds it both a joy and a privilege to share her knowledge and talent with artists through plein air and studio workshops across the United States and abroad.  Dee and her husband Nicolai, host annual International Art Trips, recently to Portugal and Provence.

Dee has received awards at many juried art competitions including the Easton and Carmel  Plein Air Invitationals, and she has been published in many regional and national journals. She resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Dr. Nicolai Chalfa. Her life and her work are recorded in her book “Painter By Providence” written by Michelle Morton.

Plein Air painters capture their subject in sketches or photographs and then, from the comfort of their studio, transfer them to canvas.  Sketches allow painters to improve the overall design of a painting and quickly capture color notes in the landscape.  That technique is evident here as a small boy walks down a street and begins to turn a corner.  The street looks like it could be in Paris or Rome capturing the architecture of the region and the very narrow streets.  The boy’s red pants stand out against the various shades of browns in the buildings and street.  There are some hints of pink in the awning and in the shadows.

Bright sunlight is shining through the structures and where he is entering.  He is walking out of the shadows and into the light.  His shadow is long indicating a beaming sun ray that also touches the top of the buildings in the background.

The dark wood frame is trimmed in gold paint which play off of the hues in the painting.  A nice piece for any room of your home from a renowned artist.

Framed size: 16 1/2″ wide x 13 1/4″ high