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. She started her art career in ceramic sculpture, then moved to painting in oils in 2007. It was coup de foudre!  (french expression: love at first sight) 

For several years, she has enjoyed creating in allegorical themes and figurative work. Now she offers her impressions of what she sees. Sierra is a daily painter, working in oils both in the studio and en plein air

She is influenced by many of the great saints, theologians, philosophers and painters. However, she sees God's hand in everything true, good and beautiful. He gave us color and light to paint poetry. With His guidance, Sierra tries to stay present, enjoying the freshness of the paint while capturing the poetic landscape of God's Light.

She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona and Castlenaud-la-Chapelle, France with husband and four farm cats.

Sierra thanks many people along her creative journey. Currently, she is studying Sacred Art at Pontifex University and mentoring under Scott L Christensen, Christine Lashley, Quang Ho, Sharon Williams and Sheila Davis. (see educational path below)

Sierra hopes the fruits of her labor will give glory to God and reflect beauty and peace into the hearts of many.

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Sierra's Curriculum Vitae:

Sonoran Art League, group show: Hot Show, Cool Art, May - Oct 2022.

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

Sierra Dante Art, Scottsdale, AZ 2019-present

Sierra Dante Atelier, 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:
Mentoring under  Scott L Christensen, Christine Lashley, Quang Ho, Sharon Williams and Sheila Davis. (see below) 2022-currently

Mentorship: Sheila Davis : Brush it Bold: https://www.sheiladavis.ca/

Sharon Williams: Mastrius: https://www.mastrius.com/choose-your-master-artist/

Mentorship: Scott L Christensen: Adventure of Painting https://www.adventureofpainting.com/

Mentorship: Christine Lashley: Lashley Art Class https://www.lashleyartclass.com/

Mentorship: Quang Ho: Made For Artists https://mfa.studio/


Workshop: Jill Soukup: Class101,  2021.

Workshop: Kevin McPherson: PaintTube, 2021

Workshop: Cynthia Rosen: PaintTube, 2021

Workshop: Kathie Odom: PaintTube, 2021
Workshop: Huihan Liu, at the Scottsdale Artists School, December 2021. 

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

Watts Atelier of the Arts, Encinitas CA: drawing and painting 2017-2022.
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 and 2020.

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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