Gil Dellinger

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gil dellingerGil Dellinger is the current president of P A P A: The Plein Air Painters of America. He is a retired Professor of Art at the University of the Pacific. He has inspired many young artists through his talent for teaching and his own artwork, having won the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence and Professional Contribution in 1990.

A Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Dellinger excels in his pastel painting. Painting from life, his work captures majestic landscapes, peaceful pastoral scenes, the drama of the Pacific Ocean, dramatic vistas of the southwest, and any scene that catches his eye. His masterful technique is extraordinary. Gil is also a signature member of the California Art Club and the Plein Air Painters of America.  He works in the studio with acrylic paint and on location with oil, pastel and acrylic.  He teaches workshops in all three mediums.

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“Art is important. We tend to think it is a luxury, but it gives people deep pleasure because beauty is the personification of hope that something grander is at work.”

Selected Collections:
The Haggin Museum
The Forbes Museum Gallery
The Forbes Family
Kaiser Permanente
The University of the Pacific


“Sometimes it’s the air, sometimes it’s the smell. Sometimes it’s the sound of water, sometimes it’s the stillness. It’s tapping into the transcendent, and teaching your heart to see it, and making your eyes and hands express it that creates transcendent paintings.”

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