Artist Dug Waggoner
A Sacramento born, California native, Dug’s natural drawing ability came early to him. Throughout his secondary schooling the opportunity to use that skill was never far away including being selected staff artist for his high school newspaper. He sharpened and distilled his skills in the intense environment at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. Graduating from there opened the door to a career in advertising design and illustration. Today, his drawing and painting skills have focused his eye in realizing his goal of producing fine art watercolor and pastel paintings.
"I enjoy working in watercolor and pastel mediums but find the drawing aspects and color brilliance of pastel a better voice for my work. Pastel has always appealed to my need to draw and paint in the same motion. Building up layers of eye-mixing colors is very exhilarating. To my eye the pure pigments in pastel shimmers and resonates far more than any other painting methods."
"The speed that watercolor gives me has been a great teacher. Mistakes can be recovered if you let them. I love the transparent overlapping of tones and layers, the thrilling accidents between wet and dry, and the fragile dignity of the pigment never ceases to amaze me."
The work continues in the evolution of this learning process to define his personal approach to capture a fleeting inspiration.
Dug has a one-man show to his credit and is a Signature Artist in the internationally recognized Pastel Society of the West Coast.
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