Dale L. Popovich IWS is an award-winning watercolorist and teacher who is passionate about capturing the raw beauty of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. Talent and training aside, it’s Dale’s vision that best informs his work. Temporarily blinded at age 20 for 1-1/2 years, Dale learned to rely on his mind’s eye to sustain him. After a nine hour major brain surgery removing a cyst on his optic nerve, he had to learn how to walk, talk and write again. With vision finally restored, he discovered he could see more clearly than before, easily filtering out the visual “noise” around him to focus on a subject’s essentials. His paintings began to reflect a certain purity of perception, and this “way of seeing” became the hallmark of his painting.
Spending his childhood summers in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Dale learned to love its colors, textures, denizens and moods. Today, his paintings celebrate these American landscapes and man’s humble efforts to tame it. Trained at The American Academy of Art in Chicago by Director and President, Irving Shapiro, AWS, Dale was deeply inspired by this great American twentieth-century watercolorist. Dale later taught for many years atThe American Academy of Art. Currently, he teaches at the prestigious Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, esteem Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL, in his own studio, and his online at art school Towering Winds Academy of Fine Arts. Through his 39+ years of professional teaching, Dale has taught over 2000 students – mentoring many who are now successful, accomplished artists. Devoted to both painting and teaching, Dale’s work hangs in collections around the country. He has been a watercolorist and art instructor for over 36+ years and firmly believes that it’s important for the artist to know the fundamentals of art, drawing, composition, perspective, and color theory. Only a foundation in these basics allows artists to give their imaginations free rein, to depart from reality (a little or a lot) to create a unique and personal vision. It is only with this grounding in basics that the artist can give full play to his or her imagination, and depart from reality (either a little or a lot) to create the mood he or she is seeking to convey. After all, it is imagination coupled with skill and craftsmanship that is the key for any artist. Imagination is the child within all of us and cannot be lost.