“Front Row Seat”
18 x 24
Born and raised in the art center and resort town of Saugatuck, Michigan, Doreen St.John exhibited artistic ability even as a small child, receiving art instruction from Cora Bliss Taylor, a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute and a well-known local artist. As was typical for that era, her parents did not encourage her to pursue art as a career, but the need to create was always a driving force. After obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education, St.John began taking watercolor classes starting in 1980, studying first with watercolorist Bette G. Elliott, OWS/AWS, and later many nationally known watercolor artists including Edgar Whitney, Frank Webb, Stan Miller, and others, working for over 30 years showing and selling her watercolor and mixed media paintings as time would permit.
In 2010, after retiring from her education career, St.John began working full time on her art, switching to oils and, later, pastels. She continues to study to improve her work, believing that growth as an artist is a lifelong pursuit, working from life as much as possible, including portrait, figure, plein air, and studio work.
Recently, St.John has gained national recognition by having work accepted into major juried competitive exhibitions and winning many awards. She has been awarded Signature status with the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Impressionist Society and the Ohio Plein Air Society. She was invited to do a demonstration at the 2017 Plein Air Convention in San Diego and will be returning to PACE 2018 as a Field Artist. She is represented by Castle Fine Art Gallery in Fort Wayne, IN; the Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Cincinnati, OH; and Turner Studio & Gallery in Columbus, OH, as well as having her work in several invitational shows in prominent galleries around the country.