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Dolores Anita (Dee) Burgess Toscano, a painter and sculptor of Indians and other Western subjects, was born February 19, 1932, in Fort Worth, Texas, growing up there and in Lubbock and Odessa, Texas. She moved to Hobbs, New Mexico, in 1950, then Albuquerque, New Mexico, through 1955, when she married James Toscano and lived in San Diego, California until 1957. She won one of the ubiquitous "Draw Me" contests, but family responsibilities prevented her from completing the correspondence course. Toscano, part Cherokee on her father's side, has visited the reservations of many tribes, including Apache, Crow, Zuni, Taos and Blackfeet, painting figures, portraits, and ceremonials. Toscano also paints Western landscapes and still-lifes. Since the early 1980s, she has also worked in bronze, including a life-size bronze figure in 1986 of St. Walburga for the Walburga Convent, Boulder, Colorado. While, in 1985, she briefly studied pastel with Daniel Green, and sculpture with Bruno Lucchesi, Toscano is essentially a self-taught artist. Moving to Denver, Colorado in 1957, Toscano began painting western subjects and commissioned portraits. In the mid-1960s she entered local art competitions in Denver, establishing her career by the 1970s. A frequent prize-winner, Toscano lived in Wheatridge, Colorado, from 1976-1993. She now lives in Lakewood, Colorado. Dee Toscano has exhibited at the Denver Museum of Natural History; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming; Denver Art Museum; Pastel Society of America, New York; Allied Artists of America, New York; Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, New York; China Exhibition Agency, Beijing; Salmagundi Club, New York; Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum; Society of Impressionists, St. Louis, Missouri; Societe des Pastellistes de France, Salon Internationale du Pastel, Paris; Pastel Society of the Southwest, Wichita, Kansas; Cheyenne Museum, Wyoming; Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; and Rotary Invitational, Loveland, Colorado. Reference works containing information on Dee Toscano's life and work include: Who's Who in American Art 1993-1996; Samuels & Samuels, Contemporary Western Artists; Women Artists of the West; Western Outlook Magazine, Sep 1974; Southwest Art, Nov 1974, Jun 1985, Sep 1987; Artists of the Rockies and the Golden West, Spring 1979; American Artist, Jul 1983; Western Art Digest, Sep-Oct 1986; Art of the West, Sep-Oct 1991; Denver Post, 12 Jul 1970; Rocky Mountain News (Denver), 19 Dec 1971, 13 Jan 1974, 16 Nov 1975; D. Toscano, 1976, 1991, 1993. Source: Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki Kovinick, "An Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"