Star of the Sea
Sierra Dante was born in Minnesota in 1969. She graduated with a Master's degree in Architecture, but her love has always been for Art.  They live in Scottsdale, Arizona and Castlenaud-la-Chapelle, France with their chihuahua and three farm cats. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Sacred Art from the Pontifex University.

She enjoys experimenting with allegorical themes, including figurative, floral, animals and vibrant color in her paintings. She is influenced by many of the great saints, theologians, philosophers and painters. However, she continues to seek Truth and sees God's hand in everything beautiful. With His guidance, she tries to stay present, enjoying the freshness of the paint while capturing the light.

She enjoys painting in oil and tempura. 

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Sierra's Career:

Sierra Dante Artifex, Le Coeurdoré, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, France 2015 - present

Sierra Dante Artifex, Scottsdale, AZ 2019-present

Sierra Dante Artifex, St Pete Beach, FL 2002-2019.

Ceramic Artist & Owner of Dante Vineyards, Guest Cottages & Art Studio, Napa, CA, 2003-2014.

Architect for Hummel Architecture, Boise, ID. 2000.

Sierra's Educational Path:

Master’s in Sacred Art, Pontifex University 2019-currently enrolled

New Masters Academy (webinars), Huntington Beach, CA: drawing, painting, sculpture 2017. Instructors: Glenn Vilppu, Steve Huston, John Asaro, Charles Hu, Erik Olson + more

Watts Atelier of the Arts, Encinitas CA: drawing and painting 2017-19. 
Instructors: Jeffrey Watts, Erik Gist, Meadow Gist
Morean Art Center, St Pete FL: weekly figurative drawing, 2017.

Workshop: Patty Calderone at Calderone Studios in North Carolina, October 2017.

Workshop: Daniel J. Keys at the Scottsdale Artists School, October 2017.

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

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

Figure & Portrait Intensive, Florence, IT, 2007.

Watts Atelier of the Arts, Encinitas, CA: drawing and painting, 2007.

Viticulture. Santa Rosa Community College, Santa Rosa. 2003-2005.

Ceramics & Painting, 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.


Oil Painter's of America: 2017 to present.  

American Impressionist Society, 2018 to present.

Sierra's International Travels For Inspiration:

San Gimignano, Siena, Firenze, IT, 2019.

Dordorgne Valley, Carcassonne, Lac d'Annecy, FR, Lago di Como, IT, 2015-2017.

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.

Inspirations of Great Master's in Literature and Art:

The Bible
Saint Benedict's Rules of Life
Pope John Paul ll, Letter to Artists, Letter to Families, Letter to Women, Theology of the Body
Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary
C.S.Lewis, Mere Christianity
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
Robert Barron Catholicism
Fulton J Sheen, Life of Christ and The World's First Love
Saint Augustine's Confessions
Robert Cardinal Sarah, Power of Silence
Elizabeth von Arnim Enchanted April
Joanne Harris Chocolat

(Art) Snadro Botticelli, Louis Janmot, Govanni Battista Tiepolo, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Franz Dvorak, Alexander Max Keoster and Richard Schmid.





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