Bardarson Studio
Watercolors from the far North


Dot Bardarson’s studio is her favorite place, overlooking majestic mountains rising out of the Kenai Fjords, a constant reminder of how lucky she is to be an artist in Alaska.

Alaska has been good to her in many ways and has recognized her as one of its outstanding producing artists through awards in juried shows. Alaska nominated her for the Governor’s awards for the arts in 2010. TOSCA named her Alaska Artist of the year in 2011. In 2014 she was honored by the Seward Arts Council and named Queen of the Arts.

Her early years of marriage found her living aboard a cannery tender as a deck-hand and later as “first lady” at various outlying salmon & crab canneries in Alaska. She always found time to paint, however, as well as raise 3 fabulous children there, all of whom settled in Seward and became leaders and parents themselves.

Seward is where Dot discovered her leadership abilities in the arts. She served 6 years on the State Council of the Arts and was actively involved with productions of the local theater group as actor, historian, and set designer. She has served as art juror, and has completed 17 Alaska 1%- for-art projects. Her many one person shows reach Seattle, Anchorage and of course Seward, where she is currently planning her 2016 presentation.

For 20 years Dot owned a popular art gallery in Seward, representing 35 Alaskan artists. Then she threw herself into planning and painting murals. She was the Master Artist for 3 of them and has painted on a dozen more as part of the Seward Mural Society. As a result of her efforts, Governor Sarah Palin named Seward the “Mural Capital of Alaska”. She was an art delegate for 2 murals with Obihiro, Japan, an exciting opportunity to display Alaska talent on the world stage. Her colorful watercolors usually tell a story with Alaska sea life, birds, flowers, or Eskimo-Native themes. There is a movement to them that entertains, especially when matted by her creative framer. You will surely want to ask Dot about that when you call her (800 354-0141) or send an Email. She is easy to talk with and you will probably finish your conversation with a chuckle, and expectations of receiving a beautiful new addition to your collection. Feel free to contact her if you have any questions.