“With artistic mirth, a dramatic sense of light and decisive drawing, I celebrate the human spirit with paint and canvas.”
Dagmar Chaplin was born in Berlin, Germany. Within a year, she became a naturalized citizen and was living in Texas. Since then, she has lived all over the world, from Europe to Japan, to Canada to Grand Cayman and across the U.S.
Dagmar’s formal training was at Wayne State University in Fine Art and the Center for Creative Studies at the College of Art and Design, both in Detroit, Michigan. While at university, she was employed at one of Detroit’s largest ad agencies. Most of her clients were in the auto industry. The commercial art field wasn’t for her. Fine art and painting would become her life’s work.
Moving to Laguna Beach from Vancouver, Canada in 1974, Dagmar discovered the Festival of Arts. She has exhibited in the show since 1975. She has also done other juried shows in California. She is represented internationally in private collections.
In 2000, Dagmar’s work was featured on the Festival of Arts poster and is also part of their Permanent Art Collection. Chicago’s “Standard Oils Permanent Collection of American Artists” has one of her paintings. The producer, Mike Nichols, used her art in a movie and Frank Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy, purchased three paintings.
Spending your life doing what you truly love is a privilege. Dagmar’s paintings are on almost every continent. She lives and paints in one of the most beautiful places in North America.