Durre Waseem

Throughout my student, teaching and practicing years in Pakistan I have only painted from life and mostly on busy urban locations. It was a wonderful experience as the people of Lahore are known for their hospitality and I enjoyed not only some free food but some over-protective chaperons, which sometimes became too overwhelming. However, the frenzied crisscross of the old dilapidated buildings fringed with thick strand of electric wires was a good training for my eyes to find order in Chaos. It was rather a challenge to paint the manicured locations of California, when I moved here in 2001.



-1988- MA Fine Art, Punjab University (Lahore)
-2016- MA Humanities (Cal-State, Dominguez Hills)
Laguna Pleinair Painters Association (signature)
California Art Club (artist)
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (signature)
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society
2022 – Best of Show, AIS fall online ‘Art over a Cup of Coffee’
2022- Best of Show , Capitola pleinair
2022 -Jean Stern Distinctive Merit Legacy Award, Laguna invitational
2022- Best of Show, Just Plein Fun
2022- Best of Show, Parrsboro pleinair festival (NS)
2022- 2nd Place, Paint Grand Traverse
2022- 2nd place, North Pacific Pleinair festival
2022 Award of Distinction and Artist Choice, PASW, Galvaston
2021- 3rd place, California Art Club, Inland and desert exhibition
2021- AIS Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence
2021 Best of Show, Oceanside Museum of Art pleinair event

Artist Statement

Growing up in a joint-family that loved to draw and paint, art became a part of my everyday life. So far I have seen three stages of my progress in art. Firstly, when right after my graduation I started teaching at the same university and learnt more from painting with my students than under my professor’s instructions; secondly, when I started painting a more manicured scenes of California than bustling chaos of historical Lahore. And thirdly, when I started participating in national and international shows and pleinair events since 2019