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Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Erin Dertner

Instructor: Erin Dertner
August 24–26, 2019 (Saturday–Monday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Blocking in with a brush from dark to light is what will kick start your paintings in Erin’s upcoming class. Once the values and shapes are established, the palette knife will be used to create texture, dimension and intrigue. You will enjoy Erin’s laid-back approach and will find yourself enjoying the process of finding an outdoor subject, defining its essence and creating a painting that evokes a sense of place and wonder. Mendocino is a true visual feast and it’s pretty much impossible to have a bad painting day here!


Painting, studying and teaching the subject of light is ERIN DERTNER’s driving force. The cool shadows of the early morning and those that fall long and warm in the evening enliven her creative soul as nothing else. Subject matter is secondary to the sunlight itself, though her locations speak volumes about God’s wondrous world of color, drama and mystery.

Travel has played a formidable role in her development as she relishes each opportunity to explore the warm European environs of Greece, France and Italy as well the Hawaiian and British Isles and choice locations within America. She has also studied with many well-known artists since 1982 in a myriad of inspirational places.

As she reaches further to simplify and suggest detail, her allegiance rests more and more with the impressionist school, and this struggle to be honest and deliberate continues to result in images that reflect peace and a yearning for stillness in a world that is often discordant. Her studio on California’s dramatic and inspirational north coast is well broken in, though she relishes painting en plein air since it allows her to capture the essence of a place by more passionately communicating its light, temperature, color and mood. Most of her current works are in oil, but she is also an experienced watercolorist and has enjoyed dry pastel and acrylics as well.

Born in 1957 and a native Californian, Erin has two grown sons who are artistic, musical and adventurous. Her husband is her business partner, acting as agent and picture framer. Her work is seen in a variety of galleries and collected around the world both as originals and reproductions. It is a full plate balancing the schedules of location and studio work, travel, teaching, studying, and working with art publishers as well as joyous family and social gatherings. According to Erin, “There is no better life than to study the world with paintbrush in hand and a heart full of love and gratitude.”

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Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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