Dee Beard Dean
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 Grand Rapids College, 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 with a national label which sold to over 450 stores throughout the US. Dee later escaped the hectic lifestyle of the fashion world and went back to her first love, painting.
Dee is recognized for her painterly landscapes and portraits. Her greatest inspirations have come from painting en plein air where her eye for color and composition, and her elevated senses, guide her in creating paintings filled with evocative light and dramatic shadows. Her highly collectible work hangs in corporate and private collections throughout the United States.
Dee is a member and founder of Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE), a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, a Signature Member of American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), an Honorary Signature Member of International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), and member of Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, and Eastern League of Professional Artists. Dee finds it both a joy and a privilege to share her knowledge and talent with students through plein air and studio workshops across the United States and abroad.
She has received many awards at juried art competitions, and has been published in many regional and national journals. Dee and her husband, Dr. Nicolai Chalfa, live in Charleston, SC and annually host an Art Trip to a different country. Her life and her work are recorded in her book “Painter By Providence” written by Michelle Morton.