Barbara_Dahlstedt

 

As a young girl growing up in Seattle, I found that drawing was my salvation from boredom on many rainy days.  I practiced drawing everything around me including the models from my mother’s “Ladies Home Journal” magazine to the outrageous caricatures from my brother’s “Mad Magazine”.  I found that I was infatuated with drawing faces in particular.

I pursued my love for art at Arizona State University, earning a BFA and specializing in graphic design.  I worked in the advertising field and was a freelance illustrator for 10 years before I went back to school to get my teaching certificate.  Although commercial art provided a paycheck, it did not fulfill my passion for drawing and painting.

As I began my teaching career at Apollo High School in Glendale in 1992, my love for art took off in a way I had never expected.  I found my gift through teaching.  All of a sudden I started earning awards and accolades for my students’ success.  I decided after my children were grown up and on their own, it was time to take my own advice and start entering contests with my own artwork. To my delight, I found immediate success.  Now I find my passion growing stronger than ever as I embrace the  exciting journey of inspiring others as I discover my own artistic voice.  If there is one thing I have learned, it is that there is always more to learn about art, and that’s the journey.

 

Education

Arizona State University, BFA

Chapman University, MA

 

Awards

Maricopa County Fair Teacher of the Year

Achievement Above All — 2004 GUHSD Club of the Year (Art Club)

Achievement Above All– 2005 GUHSD Club of the Year (Signatures Literary & Fine Arts Publication)

Achievement Above All– 2006 GUHSD Teacher of the Year

13 Congressional Student Art Show Winners

1st place:   2011 Soho Colored Pencil Contest, “Looking on the Brighter Side”

1st place:   2012 Soho Colored Pencil Contest, “Mahikan”

3rd place:   2012 Prismacolor Art Contest, “Fatima”

Honorable Mention:  2014 Colored Pencil Magazine Calendar Contest

1st place:  2013 Soho Colored Pencil Contest, “El Blanco”

Celebration of Artists-West Valley Art Museum 2014, 2nd place:  “Potential”, 3rd place, “Dad”, West Valley Art Museum Award

3rd place:  2014 Fabriano Contest, “Fatima”, colored pencil

1st place:  2014 Arizona State Fair, “Eric”, colored pencil

1st place:  2014 Arizona State Fair, “Krista-Illuminatus”, mixed media

2nd place:  2014 Arizona State Fair, “Dad”, colored pencil

1st place:  2015 Celebration of Artists-West Valley Art Museum, “Eric”, colored pencil

Best of Show, Mayor’s Award, 1st place:  2015 Celebration of Artists-West Valley Art Museum, “Krista-An Illustrated Beauty”, mixed media

West Valley Art Museum Award:  2016 Celebration of Artists “Destiny Awaits”, 2nd place, “Behind Rose Colored Glasses”, mixed media

2016 Arizona State Fair:  1st place and People’s Choice Award, “Behind Rose Colored Glasses”, 2nd place and Director’s Award, “Abstract Thought”, 3rd place, “A Trail Less Traveled”

2017 Colored Pencil Magazine Calendar Contest:  1st place, “Behind Rose Colored Glasses”

 

 

Publications

Colored Pencil Magazine Dec. 2012

Ann Kullberg’s  Magazine for Colored Pencil Artists, Feb. 2013

Colored Pencil Magazine Mar. 2013

Ann Kullberg’s  Magazine for Colored Pencil Artists, May 2013

Colored Pencil Magazine’s 2014 Calendar

Ann Kullberg’s CP Treasures II, 2013

Colored Pencil Magazine’s 2015 Calendar

Ann Kullberg’s CP Treasures III, 2014

Ann Kullberg’s  Magazine for Colored Pencil Artists, March 2015

Ann Kullberg’s Magazine for Colored Pencil Artists, June 2015

Colored Pencil Magazine Dec, 2016

Colored Pencil Magazine’s 2017 Calendar

 

Exhibitions

Jan. 30-Feb 2, 2013 –Faculty Art Show, Nielsen Design Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

Feb. 2o-April 2013–Northern Trust Bank, Phoenix, AZ

Mar. 2013 Celebration of Artists, Peoria, AZ

July-Sept. 2013 –Colored Pencil Society International Exhibition, Brea CA

Sept. 8-10 2013 –Artel, Phoenix, AZ

Jan. 28-Mar.2 2014–Arizona Artist Guild, Westgate Gallery, Glendale, AZ

March 27-May 15, 2014–West Valley Art Museum, Peoria City Hall, Peoria AZ

April 1-April 28, 2014–Glendale Art Gallery-Westgate, Glendale, AZ

April 30-May 30, 2014–The Winnie Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

June 2014 — Art Headquarters, Blank Canvas Exhibition, Surprise, AZ

July-Sept. 2014–Surprise City Hall, Surprise, AZ

Sept-Nov. 2014–Avondale City Hall, Avondale, AZ

Oct-Nov. 2014–Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, AZ

March-April 2015–Glendale Gallery-Westgate, Glendale, AZ

March-May 2015–West Valley Art Museum, Peoria, AZ

June-August 2016–American Gallery, Tacoma WA

June-August 2016–Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

Oct-Nov. 2017–Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, AZ

March-May 2017–West Valley Art Museum, Peoria City Hall, Peoria AZ

June 2017-Aug. 2017–The Mansion, Bethesda, Maryland

Oct. 2017-May 2018–Sky Harbor Airport Museum, Phoenix AZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Jozef
    August 4, 2014

    Me agustado mucho Tu obraz

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