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Warren Dreher
California Landscape Painter


Warren Dreher is a Bay Area landscape painter whose work evokes both early twentieth century American realism and, after a  relocation to California,  the Bay Area figurative school, especially the work of Elmer Bischoff.   At this point in time he has spent thirty years on each coast and the paintings continue.   Dreher was born in Rhode Island and moved to the West Coast in 1978

In the 1960's he began a series of architectural and landscape paintings in both pastels and oil which continue to this day.  Often compared to Edward Hopper, his paintings  convey quiet moments of captured light.  Dreher calls them journal entries.  His current works explore the unique light qualities of  Northern California, in particular  Contra Costa, the coastal communities and his ongoing paintings of the Central Valley and the Delta.

In the early nineties he curated numerous exhibits of contemporary and historical paintings at the Bedford Gallery in the Regional Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California and the Lynn House Gallery in Antioch, California.  Among these were: The Outdoor Studio, Vanishing Point, Along the River and Diablo from the Delta.


Warren graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Sculpture and Art Education in 1970. He did graduate work with Budd Hopkins, Hardu Keck and New York Abstract Expressionist painter Jack Tworkov at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA in 1975.

Warren Dreher's work is represented in well over a thousand collections, private, public and corporate, across the nation and the world, including the Museum  at St. Mary's College of Moraga permanent collection and Kaiser Permanente Corporate Collection. He has participated in one person and group shows throughout California since the 1970’s. His work has also appeared in Southwest Art Magazine

Dreher lectures and conducts painting workshops throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. 

You can visit his website at www.warrendreher.com or you may contact him at::







"Singular Savoy Self" Pastel on Paper 19x25 1988 Private Collection

"The Source of it All" Pastel on Paper 19x25

"Self Portrait, Laguna Beach"  Charcoal on Grey Paper 19x13 1984 Collection of the Artist

Warren Dreher 2014

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I will be adding pastels and paintings on a regular basis.  Currently there are 12 images of newer pastels.  Please check it out.


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