Since painting is a universal visual language, Doloris Pederson considers her desire to paint as her most cherished possession.
Doloris is a native Kansan and has been professionally active for over 40 years as an artist, art instructor, and art collector. Doloris is a plein air painter best known for her paintings of landscapes, vistas of the prairie, and wetlands. She also is known for her paintings of California, and Western Europe, especially Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. In addition to a degree in fine arts from Fort Hays State University, she has studied at the University of California at Los Angeles, the California Art Institute in Westlake Village, CA, and the Scottsdale Arts School in Scottsdale, AZ.
After residing in Southern California for over 35 years, Doloris returned to Kansas in 2005 to paint her native Kansas countryside. On this return trip, she and her husband found a homestead near Russell. Doloris also found the Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira, which opened an endless source of inspiration to her. While in California, she participated in painting events to benefit the endangered landscape, playas, wetlands, and its species. She now hopes to do the same here in Kansas.
“Now changing seasons, diverse species of plants and animals, migrating birds, spectacular sunrises and sunsets and the prairie give a familiar voice to my expression,” says Pederson, whose work evokes a sense of serenity and wonder. Her work is included among the collections of Joan Irvine Smith, Irvine, CA; The Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara, CA; the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA; Hadley Foundation Collection, Hays, KS; and many private national and international collections. Doloris is a member of the California Art Club and the Oil Painters of America.