Dorene White Plein Air Artist


My painting is primarily plein air and the Santa Barbara area is rich in subjects with mountain, ocean and delightful architecture and street scenes. Nocturnes are also a joy to me. While I live in Santa Barbara, I also spend much of my time in the Eastern Sierras, and love painting there. I'll also share my travel experiences through my paintings.

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Recent Paintings

Sky Dancers

Sky Dancer 11x14
This was an interesting and challenging painting.
Award Winner!

Simplicity 20 x 24
This was done from a smaller sketch made during workshop with Daniel Pinkham
Emerald Bay Santa Rosa Island

Emerald Cove, Santa Rosa Island
After dragging gear through the pine forest, I saw this gorgeous cove. Part of a David Gallup workshop to the Channel Isladns
Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island

Painted Cave, 6 x 8
My first kayak painting!
I propped my small easel on my lap and wrapped kelp around my paddles for stability. Loved being on/in the water while painting. A full experience!
Idaho Morn

Idaho Morning, 6 x8 sold
Early morning just north of Ketchum, Idaho. This has been redone in 30 x 40 format.

Dawn at Butterfly Beach Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Moonset at Dawn. 6 x 6
I was at Butterfly Beach painting the dawn and turned around and saw the moon setting over the harbor. This was in Randy Higbee Show.


Wave Light

Surf Light 6 x6
Another Randy Higbee entry.
The winter light on the water always entrances me.

Unexposed 8 x 10
Plein Air figure study.
Anacapa Island Cliffs

Anacapa Cliffs 11 x 14

Magical cliffs at Anacapa Island in the Channel Islands

Bold 16 x 20

Painted from a 9 x 12 sketch done at Rancho Palos Verdes during Daniel Pinkham workshop. Dan had us go deep and see why a scene attracted us. Unusual for me, I feel the power of moving forward in this scene.
Respect at Hammonds

Respect at Hammond's 9 x 12 (sold)
Hammond's Beach is near my home so I often run down when surf is up. This day was intense and I felt respect for the surfers, just as they obviously felt great respect for the forces of nature.

Santa Barbara Area Scenes

Cold Springs Creek

Cold Springs Creek 8 x 10


Joy 6 x 12


Life! 6 x 6
My bee hive!
Winter Light

Winter Light 12 x 16



Santa Barbara Harbor

East Beach Volleyball

Wave Goat Farm at Alma Rosa Winery


Moonset Santa Barbara East Beach Moonrise Crescent Moon
Channel Islands Starshine

Channel Islands Nocturne