Dee Beard Dean has been painting all her life. She was raised in the Amish countryside of rural Indiana and studied at
Grand Rapids College, Kendall College of Art, and the New York Academy of Art.
After marriage, she moved to the Florida Keys where she became a professional painter
and passed the gift of painting to her two children, Terry Sargent and John Beard, both of whom are now successful artists.
Before gaining recognition as a portrait and landscape painter, Dee pursued a career in fashion, designing and manufacturing her
own clothing line with a national label.
Dee is a passionate and prolific artist who has studied with many renowned artists and is nationally recognized for her painterly landscapes
and her expertise in many media including pastels, watercolors, and oils.
Her greatest inspirations have come from painting en plein air where her eye for color and composition, and her elevated senses
guide her hand in creating paintings filled with evocative light and dramatic shadows.
Dee founded the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE), a professional organization of acclaimed plein air artists living and working in the southeastern US. Her workshops are in great demand, offering instruction in this country and in beautiful locales around the world.
She is also well known for her portraits and has done many noteworthy commissions.
Dee has received many awards at juried art competitions and has been published in regional and national journals.
Her artworks can currently be seen at fine art galleries around the country.
Dee resides in Charleston, SC with her husband, Dr. Nicolai Chalfa.
Her first book, A Painter by Providence, is in publication.
Education and Study:
Scottsdale Art School,
New York Academy of Art,
Grand Rapids College,
Dee has studied with studied such renowned artists as
Everett Raymond Kinstler,
John Howard Sanden.
Albert Handell, and others.