Dale Michaels Wade is a self-taught artist with more than 25 years experience creating custom decorative wall treatments, painted furniture, and murals for decorators, private clients and corporate businesses. Dale began her career in 1991 after taking a decorative painting class with Heather Bragington-Smith at the Cape Cod Museum of Fine Arts. Since then, she has studied under renowned muralists Pascal Amblard, Sean Crosby and Josh Weiner, has taken workshops at the Finishing School in New York and the Rhode Island School of Design, and attended the International Conference of Decorative Painters Salon. In 2005, Dale began working in the soft pastel medium, learning techniques from many of the local Cape Cod artists and also from master artists brought to the Cape by the very strong community of the Pastel Painter's Society of Cape Cod. She is an exhibiting and award-winning member at the Creative Arts Center, Cape Cod Art Association, Cultural Center of Cape Cod and PAAM. The past president of the Pastel Painter’s Society of Cape Cod, Dale’s work can be seen in many of the local and New England juried shows. Contact her directly if interested in any of the work on this site.
Whether I paint a mural on a client’s wall, a trompe l’oeil item on a piece of furniture or work on a pastel painting, I am totally engaged by the process of creating an image on the blank surface before me. I know I will learn something new each time I put myself to this test of “seeing”. I find this process invigorating and sustaining. I feel particularly lucky to have two channels for self expression, both for personal growth and enjoyment.
I draw on my more than 25 years of decorative painting experience to create depth and realism in my pastel work. I work with pastels because the medium allows me immediacy of interpretation and the excitement of pure color. Working with the luminous, soft pigment of a pastel stick has helped me achieve a more open, loose, painterly style in my work. I am primarily self-taught although I have participated in many workshops to further my knowledge of varying styles and new techniques. The workshops of Rosalie Nadeau, Margaret Dyer, Richard McKinley, Liz Haywood Sullivan, Marla Baggetta and Alain Picard were the keys in helping me create my own style.