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Est. 10/19/01
International Plein Air Painters
Dee Beard Dean,  Hon.IPAP
Dee Beard Dean, IPAP Hon.
Mission Statement
              “Art to me is an unwavering desire to express the beauty of life”
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International Plein Air Painters Artists Organization WORLDWIDE   Est. 10/19/01
 Dean, Dee Beard, Amalfi Harbor 
Dean, Dee Beard, 
Amalfi Boats 
Dean, Dee Beard, 
Rooftops of Italy 
Dean, Dee Beard, Mission Light 
Dean, Dee Beard, Anchored for the Night 20x20 
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, Fechin Institute, New York Academy of Art, Grand Rapids College, Kendall College



Dee has studied with studied such renowned artists as Millard Wells, Peggy Merrick, Daniel Greene, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Ron Riddick, John Howard Sanden. Scott Christenson,  Kevin MacPherson,  Camille Przwodek,  Albert Handell, and others.