Associate Professor, Foundation Painting
ART 107B, Beginning Painting
At an early age, Andrew Dickson was involved in art and spent hours drawing from imagination. He was influenced by the artwork of his mother, Annette Dickson, and through her became familiar with landscape painters: Milford Zornes and Joella Mahoney. Later while pursuing another vocation, he attended a painting workshop with Zornes. This experience inspired Andrew and challenged him to pursue a career in art with conviction. With little formal training, he began a daily routine of painting outdoors along the coastline of the Monterey Peninsula where he grew up. During that time he benefited from the critical feedback and encouragement of professional painter and award winning filmmaker Rick Harper. Not long after, Andrew was accepted in the graduate program at California State University Long Beach where he completed his MFA. At Long Beach, Andrew had the unique privilege to study drawing and painting with Domenic Cretara and his graduate committee chair Yu Ji. Andrew’s aesthetic ideas and studio practice were profoundly influenced by Yu Ji’s teaching which emphasized the significance of the drawing process and the use of structural line to articulate immediate visual experiences. Since then, Andrew’s work has been featured in American Artist and continues to be exhibited regionally and nationally. He has taught drawing and painting at California State University, Long Beach, The Palos Verdes Art Center, and Huntington University in Indiana. Andrew currently works as an Associate Professor of Foundation Painting at California State University Fullerton. In his teaching, Andrew is committed to providing a fundamental practice and understanding of concepts, materials, and methods of painting with an emphasis on clear visual perception to each student he has the privilege of working with.