Dixie Mohan


A lifelong love of California and its light filled landscapes drive my work.  The plein air painters of California who have gone before are the inspiration.  Color and light feed my soul.”

A three year long move to Australia provided the opportunity to study painting under Australian artist Peter Walker at Fremantle Art Center in Western Australia.  Workshops and classes with Jerrold Turner, Randall Sexton, Nikki Basch Davis  and Jody Mattison.  I am a founding member of Benicia Plein Air Gallery, also a member of Arts Benicia,  and  Benicia Plein Air Painters, aka Da Group. 

A graduate in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, with graduate work in both art and sciences, I  worked for many years in textile arts, and have taught both art and science  to young people.  

“Art and science are both about careful observation and response to that observation.  In science, you are looking for a rational explanation, in art an emotional one.   Both require imagination and creative thinking.” 

Exhibitions:                Benicia Public Library ,  “WET”, and “Along the Straits”
                                    Benicia Plein Air Gallery, Featured Artist
                                    Arts Benicia: Art of Community, Small Works, and Open Studios
                                    Umpqua Bank, Benicia, solo show
                                    Mare Island Flyway Festival, Vallejo
                                    China Camp Heritage Festival, 
                                    MIlls College, Oakland
                                    Southern Oregon Artists, Medford

I have work in private collections in California and beyond.