Dale Laitinen has been roaming, hiking and painting the Sierra Nevada and the rest of the West for much of his life. His work extends from wilderness subjects of mountains, deserts, and canyons. His “Engineered Landscape” series, depicting dams, bridges, and roadways, reveal the aesthetic contrast between the man-made and natural.
Laitinen is a Fine Art graduate with a concentration in painting from San Jose State University. His depth of knowledge of the landscape is a result of many years as an independent long- haul trucker traveling the country. Having survived the trucking life, in 1985 he turned to full-time painting and teaching and has pursued this line of work up to the present day. His popular workshops are held throughout the United States. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West.
Dale is represented in several galleries in California, and continues to be published in numerous art periodicals and books. He is the author of Blue Shadow Country, a self-published book featuring his paintings, currently available from Blurb.com and dalelaitinen.com. The Language of Landscape and Landscape Essentials are his teaching videos currently available through ccpvideos.com and dalelaitinen.com. Dale Laitinen lives and paints upcountry in the western Sierra Nevada.