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Hi! I'm Madeline. "mad" for short.

And I am short. 5'2", to be approximate. 

I was born 4 weeks early  in Urbana, Illinois. (It is for this reason I am now late to most events, to make up for gained time and keep the universe in balance.) 

I remember tromping all over the University of Illinois campus with my parents and younger sister for the first six years of my life, and playing in the fountains even though we probably weren't supposed to. I started drawing when I was very small, and somewhere I have a picture of a humpback whale that I drew on a manila envelope when I was 3.​ 

When I was 6, we moved to Winnebago, IL. We had a lovely home with a sand pit that my younger sister and I would use for wild desert adventures with our plastic Disney characters and a basement we could rollerblade around in. At night we would watch Muzzy and Rick Steves while dreaming of Paris. 

When I was 9, we moved to Wynnewood, OK, to be near my mom's parents, but moved back to Illinois a year later, right as Y2K hit. I remember my parents huddled quietly over the computer as the clock struck midnight and nothing in particular happened.   

In the summer of 2006 (I was 16), my parents and sister and I finally visited Europe–5 weeks in a RV! Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Switzerland. It was 95 degrees and wonderful and stressful and beautiful and surreal and everything I’d hoped for.

I graduated high school in 2008 having never taken an art class, but the margins of all my notebooks were filled with sketches.  

I attended the University of Oklahoma from 2008 to 2013, where I majored in Environmental Engineering... then Political Science... then Mathematics... then Math Education... and finally, Environmental Sustainability. After 5 years in school, I earned my Bachelor of Science and started work as a temp for the State of Oklahoma (Oklahoma Corporation Commission)--georeferencing historical aerial photos. I still work for the OCC today, only now in a full-time position as the Brownfield Program Project Coordinator. 

I am an artist with a day job, and I love it. ​

 I started painting in 2016, after 26 years of studying and working in non-art fields. As you may guess from my loudly-colored canvases, peace and stability have never been attractive to my brain. I prefer their rowdier cousins–elation and excitement. To me, the world feels muted until the roar of a concert or a new tattoo or my first view of the Rocky Mountains or winning an award lights up my brain with electric pink sparks

After reading that last sentence, it should come as no surprise to you that at age 31, I was diagnosed with ADHD. 

There’s not enough room in this bio to describe the relief this diagnosis has provided for me, especially when treating it did not dull my artistic sense, but rather enhanced it.

I still chase dopamine, as you’ll see in my paintings. My subjects are scenes that lit me up when I looked at them—my brain fizzing like strawberry Fanta. The vivid colors in my hyperchromic scenes are meant to convey that feeling to the viewer. If you ever want to visit my painted scenes and see for yourself, all of my Place paintings have GPS coordinates on the back, for your traveling convenience.


CV

Education




2020 - Present
Not Sorry Art School with Sari Shryack - https://www.notsorryartschool.com/ - Continuous virtual classes

2020
Southwest Landscapes with Brad Price - Norman, OK, USA - 1-Day Workshop, February 2020 
Portrait Painting with Behnaz Sohrabian - Midwest City, OK, USA - 1-Day Workshop, January 2020 
Spontaneous Realism with Matthew Paden - Midwest City, OK, USA - 1-Day Workshop, February 2020

2019
Portrait Academy with Jeff Hein - Oklahoma City, OK, USA - 2-Day Workshop, October 2019

2012
Universidad Veritas - San Jose, Costa Rica - Summer courses in Marine Biology and Spanish Conversation - June & July 2012

2008-2013
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA - B.S. Environmental Sustainability - Planning and Management



The Artists

under whom I've been lucky enough to study.


https://www.sari.studio/

SARI SHRYACK

Not Sorry Art School


https://www.ovac-ok.org/art/Matthew-Paden

MATTHEW PADEN

Spontaneous Realism Portraits


BRAD PRICE

Southwest Painting


https://www.saatchiart.com/behnazs

BEHNAZ SOHRABIAN

Portraits


https://www.carolinekwas.com/index

Caroline kwas

She kindly answers my questions about singing color. She travels in an awesome camper van and does her own home renovations. In short, she is a magical badass.

https://www.samthiewes.com/

Sam Thiewes

After only knowing me for about half an hour, Caroline convinced him to give me a ride from the Arizona Fine Art Expo to Scottsdale, because I was hesitant to take a long Uber ride after a bad experience up to the Expo. He gave me all sorts of art advice on the ride to Scottsdale, and I am very grateful to him for not booting me out of the car to get some peace and quiet.

Solo Exhibitions








PLACES NEAR, FAR, AND FANTASTIC
Leslie Powell Gallery - Lawton, OK, USA July - August 2022

THE ESCAPE: AN ILLUSTRATED SHORT STORY IN THREE PARTS
Pauls Valley Public Library - Pauls Valley, OK, USA - March - May 2022

ESTATE SALE SHOW
1356 Tarman Circle - Norman, OK, USA - October 2021

ICELAND (PART II)
Studio Ink - Norman, OK, USA - December 2021

ICELAND (PART I)
Studio Ink - Norman, OK, USA - September 2021

FOCUS.

Norman Public Library - Norman, OK, USA - September 2016

Group Exhibitions






Fall Member Show
Penn Square Mall, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. With the Oklahoma Art Guild. September 2022

Together
The Art Hall, Oklahoma City, OK. With the Oklahoma Art Guild. March 2022 

Small Works Show
 The Art Hall, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. With the Oklahoma Art Guild. February 2022 

View 28
 Strata Tower, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. With various artists. Jan-March 2022 

Holiday Market
 The Vault, Pauls Valley, OK, USA With various artists, including Irmgard Geul. December 2021 

OVAC Art Crawl
 Various locations, Norman, OK, USA. With the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. October 2021 

Fall Member Show
 Penn Square Mall, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. With the Oklahoma Art Guild. September 2021  

Lawton Tomato Festival Art Show
 Leslie Powell Art Gallery, Lawton, OK, USA. With various artists. July 2021 

Small Works Show
 The Art Hall, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. With the Oklahoma Art Guild. February 2021 

OVAC Art Crawl
 Various locations, Norman, OK, USA. With the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. June 2020 

MDAG Anthony’s Art Show
 Anthony’s TV & Appliance, Midwest City, OK, USA. With the Mid-Del Art Guild. November 2019 

Savvy Palette Bold & Vivid Art Show
 Water’s Edge Winery, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. With various artists, including Jason Wilson. May 2019 

Arts Trek
 Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK, USA. With various artists. Mar-April 2019 

Arts ‘N Action Festival
 Tillman County Courthouse Square, Frederick, OK, USA. With various artists. September 2018 

2nd Friday Art Walk
 Main Street, Norman, OK, USA. With various artists. April, May, & August 2018 

Paseo Art Festival
 Shakespeare in the Park, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. With the Mid-Del Art Guild. May 2018 

Interstellar Bruja Reading and Art Party
 RESONATOR, Norman, OK, USA. With various artists. March 11, 2018  

Small Art
 Paseo Art Space, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. With various artists. December 2017 

REBEL REBEL
 RESONATOR, Norman, OK, USA. With various artists. December 2017 

Arts ‘N Action Festival
 Tillman County Courthouse Square, Frederick, OK, USA. With various artists. September 2017 

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
 Farmers Public Market, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. With various artists. September 2017 

2nd Friday Art Walk
 Main Street, Norman, OK, USA. With various artists. March, April, May, June, November 2017 

Arts ‘N Action Festival
 Tillman County Courthouse Square, Frederick, OK, USA. With various artists. September 2016 

Legacy Park Arts Day
 Legacy Park, Norman, OK, USA. With various artists. October 2016 

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
 Farmers Public Market, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. With various artists. September 2016 

 2nd Friday Art Walk
 Main Street, Norman, OK, USA. With various artists. June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2016




Membership & Leadership


PRESIDENT - 2018-2021
WEBMASTER - 2017-2022

Press


Williams, Payton. “Madeline Dillner creates a world of color at Leslie Powell Gallery.” Lawton Constitution. Regular circulation. July 3, 2022. 

https://www.swoknews.com/styles/madeline-dillner-creates-a-world-of-color-at-leslie-powell-gallery/article_f97b5bfa-c528-5d2e-8efc-98419967f2a3.html

Hill, Doug. “For Dillner, science intersects art.” Norman Transcript. Regular circulation, Jan. 26, 2018. 

https://www.normantranscript.com/ntown/for-dillner-science-intersects-art/article_dde8ba35-47f7-5878-bc27-9c7f2488f5a4.html

Chastain, Clair. “Alumni Spotlight.” A&GS Spotlights. Online. July 16, 2021. 

https://www.ou.edu/ags/news-events/spotlights


Representation

Gallery 123

123 E. Main St., Norman, OK, USA

Studio Ink

200 E. Main St., Norman, OK, USA

Sea Shanty Scuba & Swim

116 E. Main St., Norman, OK, USA

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