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. By age 20 he lost 80% of his eyesight. 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 and write again. With vision finally restored, he discovered he could see more clearly than before, efficiently 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.
Professionally teaching since 1978, Dale has trained over 2200 students – mentoring many who are now successful, accomplished artists.
Dale, his wife, Marilee and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Miss Poppy live in Northwest Indiana. In addition, they own a log cabin in the Great Northwoods of Wisconsin. Dale is a signature member of the Illinois Watercolor Society. He is also a member of the Historic Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association.