Sierra Dante is a romantic painter and ceramic scuplturist, who lives in the Sunshine City of Artists . St Petersburg, FL is her Artist Riviera, where talented artists flock to this cool vibrant city and amazing sunlight.
In her pink flip flops, she works in her Florida studio everyday, where the sunshine is abundant and the light is pure. She enjoys spending each day in the outdoors for inspiration. She equally enjoys spending time with other artists, who inspire her just as much. She continually explores ways to express those inspirations, dreams, conversations, and thoughts through the magic of the canvas.


Sierra's Inspirations, Series and Daily Life:

Writer and philosopher, Ayn Rand is someone who I connect with deeply.
Although she passed in 1982, her ideas live on. In her book, Romantic Manifesto, Ayn Rand described herself as a romantic realist. She defined romantic realism as a portrayal of LIFE as it should or could be. She wrote, "The method of romantic realism is to make life more beautiful and interesting than it actually is, yet give it all the reality, and even a more convincing reality than that of our everyday existence." In my work, I take this philosophy a step further by bringing a little magic to the canvas. I bring together objects that I see in my dreams and would love to see interact in the natural world. According to Ayn, my creative process is self determined. Artists naturally create art that will automatically infuse their own values, judgements and personal philosophies.

There are many artists that inspire me in various mediums, styles and eras. Yet, the two artists that I base I am inspired by the most are Martin Johnson Heade and William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

Martin Johnson Heade (August 11, 1819 – September 4, 1904) was a prolific American painter known for his salt marsh landscapes, seascapes, and depictions of tropical birds (such as hummingbirds),[1] as well as lotus blossoms and other still lifes. His painting style and subject matter, while derived from the romanticism of the time, are regarded by art historians as a significant departure from those of his peers.

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 - August 19, 1905). He was a French academic painter and famous in his time for depicting photo-realistic work. As a traditionalist, Bouguereau created an idealized world, depicting realistic genre paintings in mythological themes. However, his mythical themes were with modern interpretation, a selection of classical subjects, and emphasis on the female human form. At the Mussee D'Orsay in Paris I was blown away by his "Birth of Venus",1879.

My current work, The Goddess Florida Series is my modern vision of the feminine mythical connected peacefully in everyday life with a deep connection with heavens and earth. I wonder how these goddesses would interact with the natural world in Florida. In celebration of life, they get to protect, nurture and honor nature in ways I can only dream.

Reuniting with Florida a few years ago, has given me a new appreciation of her beauty. I have dedicated this series to a more loving and deeper understanding of her natural environment. She has inspired and motivated me to tell her story through the canvas.

The Sunshine City of Artists is my Artist Riviera. St Petersburg, FL is beautiful city that sits on the sparkling bay. This unique city celebrates its artists and offers a mélange of diverse and talented painters, sculptures, ceramists, designers, crafters, musicians, tatoo and culinary artists. I like to think we're a laid back bunch with great taste! Where can you find friendly folk, drinking a sunset margarita, while roaming the galleries and shops in their flip flops all year long?

In her pink flip flops, she works in her Florida studio everyday, where the sunshine is abundant and the light is pure. She enjoys spending each day in the outdoors for inspiration. She equally enjoys spending time with other artists, who inspire her just as much. She continually explores ways to express those inspirations, dreams, conversations, and thoughts through the magic of the canvas.


Sierra's Career:

Fine Art of Sierra Dante, St Pete Beach, FL 2002-present.

Ceramic Artist & Owner of Dante Vineyards, Guest Cottages & Art Studio, Napa, CA, 2003-present.

Architect for Hummel Architecture, Boise, ID. 2000.

 

Sierra's Educational Path:

Plein Air Intensive in Joucas de Provence, FR, 2011.

Plein Air Intesive, Paris, Aix, Nice, Bordeaux, FR, 2009.

Figure & Portrait Intesive, Florence, IT, 2007.

Ceramics & Painting at Portland Community College, 2001-3.

Master's of Architecture, University of Idaho, 2000.

Bach. of Architecture, University of Idaho, 1998.

Minor of Art, University of Idaho, 1998.

Various Art Studies, San Diego Community College, 1994-6.

Various Art Studies, Brevard Community College, 1990-2.

 

Sierra's International Travels For Inspiration:

Provence, Paris and Bordeaux, France, 2009.

Salvador Dali's home and studio. Cadaques, Spain, 2009.

London Exposed (Museums, Broadway Shows, Galleries)1998,1999, 2007.

Sydney Opera House & Botanical Gardens Australia, 2007. New Year's Celebration.

Firenze, Umbria, Portofino, Venezia, Italy, 2007.

Chili & Argentina, South America, 1999.

Greece, 1998.

Rome, Italy 1997. 

Guadi's Works, Barcelona, Spain, 1997.

Musee D'Orsay, Musee D'Lorgaree, Le Louvre, Paris, France, 1995.

Chagall Museum & Studio, Nice, France, 1995.



 


 


 

 


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