Artist Biography

D. Van Baalen was born in Sterling, Colorado, moved to London Springs, Oregon as a small child. After graduating from High School in Cottage Grove, the artist attended The University of Texas in Austin and graduated with a BS in Pharmacy.

Van Baalen was a self taught painter in oil until 1989. After retiring from Pharmacy practice, the artist began art studies with local Texas artist, Gertie Faye Johnson and Houston artist Dick Turner. Studies continued "en plein air" with Turner in Austria, Southern France, Paris and Northern Italy. Later Van Baalen studied with Morgan Samuel Price in the USA and in Sicily. Van Baalen paintings are in collections in Bangladesh, Canada, Japan, Mexico and the USA.

 

ASSOCIATIONS

 

Art Center of Corpus Christi

Art Center for the Islands
Art Association of Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi Art Guild
Hilliard Society of Miniaturists
Miniature Artists of America
Miniature Art Society of Florida
World Federation of Miniaturists, Associate Member
South Texas Miniature Art Society

 

AWARDS

 

Wild Flower Artist of the Year Semifinalist: 1995 opening of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Tx
Corpus Christi Art Guild: Best of Show: 1991,1996
First Place Oils: 1993, 1997, 2000
The Gateway to the Rockies National Miniature Show: First Place Oils: 1996
Peoples Choice: 1996
Jurist Accomplishment Award: 1998
Art Association of Corpus Christi: Best of Show Silver Cup: 1998, 1999
First Place Oils: 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
All Member Show: CC Art Center: First Place Oils: 1997
Dimension Show: CC Art Center: Third Place Oils: 1996
Miniature Art Society of Florida 23rd International Show: Third Place Oils: 1998
Mondak Heritage Center Miniature Show: Second Place Oils: 1999
Small Pictures Great Harmony Winter Olympics Exhibit, Nagano, Japan: Published in exhibit Catalog
Tone International Miniature Art Exhibit, Dhaka, Bangladesh: Second Place in Oils: Published in Exhibit Catalog

 

D. Van Baalen specializes in original oil paintings, custom oil paintings and Plein Air paintings. Look through her galleries to see some of her work.