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"My original interest was in architectural structures and living spaces, and promoting better lives through well-planned environment. This led me to the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design and a degree in Interior Design with a minor in painting. While there I was introduced to oil painting and watercolor. The watercolor instructor was Glenn Gant" – Dixie Westerman
While active in her career as an interior designer, Dixie painted murals for a variety of commercial and residential clients and stage settings for a local theater group. Since retiring from her career as an interior designer, she now devotes her time to painting.
"The landscapes around my home as I was growing up always intrigued me. The layering of the hills created such distances — the uninterrupted horizon created such vast visual spaces!" – Dixie Westerman
"Tucked within these landscapes are intimate spots of protection and pleasure. I want this to show in my paintings with sometimes aggressive, vital and brilliant colors. I love capturing the elusive character of the land." – Dixie Westerman
More recently, Dixie has focused on capturing the local flavor that surrounds her, using watercolor to quickly capture what she sees.
"When I retired I did not want to continue the mechanical perspective drawings of interiors I had been doing, and started painting in oil and watercolor in a much freer technique." – Dixie Westerman
"Landscapes" invitational show, The Swogger Gallery in the Columbian Theater, Wamego, Kansas; "One of Kansas' five more interesting landscape artists."
"Landscapes" solo show, National Gallery of Rural Art in Bonner Springs, Kansas
Exhibition, The Riverfront Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas
Exhibition, "Kansas Visions" Regional Art Exhibitions juried show
Iris at the Basin Contemporary Art and Craft Gallery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Eureka Thyme local Fine Arts and Crafts Gallery, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Featured Artist, Gallery Stroll and Artist Reception, Eureka Springs, Arkansas; "Dixie's watercolors capture the beauty of the Ozarks around and within Eureka Springs."
Participating Artist, PAPES Art of Fine Art Show, Rockspire, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Most quotes pulled from supplement, "The Lovely County Citizen" newspaper, July 2010
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