Dreama Tolle Perry » Artist and Writer

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Meet Dreama






I’m Dreama.  I’m an artist and writer.




A thinker and child of the 70’s, now in my 50’s, living into the teens—2017 and beyond, that is.  (According to this kind of math, I am getting younger by the minute.)

Named by my grandmother. Self-taught in art.

Lover of books.  Lover of color.

Guilty of wearing purple eye shadow…and carrying a purple phone with my purple wallet in a ….you guessed it, purple handbag.

I grew up with both a brother and father who painted.

I traveled far via books checked out from the local library, 12 at a time, every week of every long Kentucky summer of my youth.

I dreamed, I imagined, I waited.

I was 30 before I picked up a brush.  50 before I began writing.

I paint scenes of France and Italy and flowers and cats.

I write about what inspires me, makes me laugh, brings me JOY.

I live in the other Paris.


Paris, Kentucky—With my hubby Ron, two tuxedo cats–Eddie Bill and Eddie Pierre– and one pound puppy, Maggie.





A  bold French roast cup of  Starbucks with greek yogurt and berries…










A little reading…











Some writing


 One on one time with my furry advisor, Ed.

And after that much black and white I am ready for

Cobalts and Caribbean Blues… next to sunshine yellows…

blissful reflections:)

My happy place!

I make notes to myself to remember the important stuff

I really like mixing color–laying one juicy brushstroke down by another ….and sharing my love for color and brushstrokes with artists in my workshops….and painting the subjects I love to paint over and over and over again.

I’ve been painting for thirty years, blogging since 2009, and in the last few years have traveled and taught across the US and Europe to share with over 3,000 others the JOY of painting.

I am now sharing my JOY for painting and just how I do it in my online courses, Dream.Love.Paint. (Over 2,000 awesome people, just like you, have joined me 🙂 )

I’ve been called a joy bringer and inspiration maker. I’ve been accused of many things, but those have to be among my favorites! I could have never realized when I started painting so long ago that I would one day be able to share what I do with a zillion people around the planet just by the click of a button.

A few more details…

I love a good nap followed by some chocolate.

I believe homegrown roses are best–followed  closely by some old fashioned lilacs.

I’ve been known to paint in my pajamas.

Everything I own has some paint on it somewhere.  This includes Eddie.

I thank you for buying my art, for taking my workshops, for leaving comments that make me smile down to my toes—you are the color in my rainbow.



Contact me at: dreama (at) dreamatolleperry (dot) com

I try very hard to answer each piece of mail—occasionally me and/or the computer fall between the glitches:))

Study with me online

For info on my online workshops, just click here

  • cheri Waltz - January 24, 2016 - 5:10 pm

    Hi Dreama, I was wondering if you will be teaching a class in Southern California this year. I am enjoying the first week of your Internet class. So much inspiration from everyone on Facebook taking the class.

    Thank you!


    • Dreama - January 24, 2016 - 7:02 pm

      That’s wonderful Cheri! Love that you are loving it 🙂 I will not be teaching in Southern California this year–lots going on so I have put my workshops on hold for awhile. Thanks so much for your interest though!ReplyCancel

  • pat riblet - December 10, 2015 - 9:10 pm

    thank you so much for writing the lovely description of yourself would picture you. Your use of color in your painting and eye-shadow is just gorgeous. PatReplyCancel

  • Judith Hirtle - November 13, 2015 - 10:42 pm

    Dreama ~ I’ve been following you for a few years now. I absolutely adore your use of colour and style of painting. It speaks to my heart. Thankyou so very much for following your inner voice and sharing your beautiful talent with us all- not just the painting but the writing too. Someday I hope to meet you in person in one of your workshops.
    That’s a big dream for me because I have always longed to be able to paint and write. My brother received art lessons because he could draw well. I always envied that. I don’t know if I have talent but I did learn tole painting in the 1980’s and after my first class using paint I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. The next night I dreamed of painting big swirly “comma” strokes. I’m sure I woke up with a smile on my face. When I painted I was totally absorbed. No hunger, no cares —just being in the moment and thrilled to be so.
    I stopped when life got too busy. And tole painting went out of style. I cherish my work and long to paint pictures. But I struggle with fear and finding out I can only paint when I have drawn on the image from a pattern.
    I’ve never tried to sketch. I feel terribly self conscious. Were you like this at one point in time? How do I move on?
    I babysit my first grandchild 5 days a week and am thrilled to be doing so. I think I could find time and a space – my heart has always sung when I read inspiring words, watch dance ( I can just feel how wonderful it must be) and by sketching and painting. I wonder If I would be given such yearnings and no talent to go with it. I feel a need to express myself through art and maybe writing.
    Your words and colour inspire me and, well I love it all. Now you have made your classes available on e-classes!!!!!! ☺️
    I’ve registered and am excited for January 2016.
    However I’m afraid of starting. Can you give me any advice. I’d really appreciate it coming from you- I admire you and your work like no other painter I’ve seen.
    Blessings to you and both Eddies and your dog.ReplyCancel

  • Susan warwas - September 13, 2015 - 5:19 pm

    Tuxedo cats are the best kind of cat!!! (Imo). I wish I could paint exactly like you do. I am working in pastels. Do you think I could ever get the vibrancy you have in your paintings using pastels?



  • Nancy Bisogno - September 8, 2015 - 8:35 pm

    I wanted to know if you sell Oil Painting videos DVDS or acrylics?ReplyCancel

  • Diane Chaplain Ferguson - September 7, 2015 - 9:15 pm

    Hi, Dreama! I came across an article about your art on an art magazine and was very impressed so I had to look up your website. I love the colors in your work! They look very much like the images in my head that I never get around to putting on a canvas! Your art inspires me to get out my pastels and have fun! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary Breehl - August 16, 2015 - 1:14 pm

    Hello Dreama, I think we may be kindred spirits! I’m a watercolorist perfecting my craft by painting every day. My purpose in life is to “Inspire others to see their own greatness so they can feel confident to live the life of their dreams.” Thanks for sharing your story with the world. It needs more people like you. I’m on Pinterest… it’s where I found you. Perhaps we can connect. Do you have watercolor workshops in or around Albuquerque or Santa Fe. I’d love to attend one. My best to you. Rosemary Breehl.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Johnson - August 8, 2015 - 2:52 am

    You color my heartReplyCancel

  • Anne Wan - August 1, 2015 - 12:10 am

    My name is Anne Wan, from Hong Kong. I love your paintings and life styles very much. I have been started my watercolor painting journey since 2013, very short, very junior, hope to share with you in future.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley Jean Hawkins - July 30, 2015 - 12:58 am

    Love your paintings,the colors are wonderful I love color it make me happy.ReplyCancel

  • Judy K. Humburg Dutra - July 24, 2015 - 1:13 am

    I sent you a request for directions on a watercolor journal.
    Judy DutraReplyCancel

  • Glen - July 17, 2015 - 2:24 am

    I have only found you and your wonderful paintings today via the Daily Paintworks website. I can’t stop looking at your lovely work. I love all of your work! The magnificent colours you achieve and match together and your beautiful application of brushstrokes is inspiring. Your paintings sing.
    Thanks for being there and I wish you many years of continued success. I’ll look forward to your DVD?!?! from Melbourne AustraliaReplyCancel

  • William E Fagan - July 16, 2015 - 6:07 pm

    Hi I’m Bill Fagan
    Hi I’m Bill Fagan I am an urban sketcher and loved your videos of sketching in France and the Paris photo montage. Paris c’est magnifique. it is in my soul. Look forward to your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Robert A. Sloan - July 6, 2015 - 10:30 am

    I knew it! Eddie gets into the paint and sometimes presents as “black and polychrome.” I once had a gray cat with one pink mitten and three sky blue ones thanks to his romp through a painting and palette where I was doing the background in Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine. Managed to get enough out of his paws that he wouldn’t get sick but those staining colors tinted Vila for weeks!

    Currently I mostly use pastels or pen-watercolor, both mediums easier to keep out of Ari Cat’s lovely long hair. I used to hate the color beige and dislike brown till I got a beige cat. He has every nuance of gray and brown hues in a full range of values from pure white whiskers and ice-blonde mane to his black mask and smoky tail and paws. With near-white toe tufts.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Irwin Pond - June 10, 2015 - 4:04 am

    Thank you Dreama for your color and inspiration to do what I love!!! Your art may haveReplyCancel

  • Emily - June 1, 2015 - 11:46 am

    I’m saving to attend a workshop, but would LOVE to get my hands on a DVD in addition to that…so would my mom, aunt, sister, best friend. We are all Dreama Art fans up here and are hoping your DVD project comes to fruition. Thank you for all the beauty and inspiration you put out into the world, Dreama!!!ReplyCancel

  • Gert Kilchrist - May 19, 2015 - 1:56 pm

    Where is errorReplyCancel

  • Pat Hoy Muth Albert - May 18, 2015 - 6:59 pm

    Your paintings light up the world we live in. They just make me smile !ReplyCancel

  • Abby - March 9, 2015 - 3:07 pm

    I heard you on a podcast today. It was a wonderful podcast called “artists helping artists”, as you spoke I thought Dreama has read or practices the principals of Ernest Holmes. So I thought I’d check out your website, and i see in you pile of books, you have a copy of Science of Mind. Anyhow, my point is, you are a breath of fresh air. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - March 4, 2015 - 3:59 pm

    Really nice website and atmosphere. I enjoyed meeting you a little more on your video clip. And great that you share your writing. Warmly LynnReplyCancel

  • Lisa McNerney - February 26, 2015 - 3:16 am

    I am so moved by your beautiful art. Thank you for sharing your gift with me tonight.ReplyCancel

  • Rosemary Anne Waldie - December 27, 2014 - 2:10 am

    Thank You!ReplyCancel

  • Desiree Habicht - November 13, 2014 - 7:24 am

    It was so much fun to finally meet you and take your workshop! Three days of absolute bliss! Laughter, chocolate, painting with new friends is the best medicine for anything that ails me! Thanks again, learning has never been such fun!

  • Yvonne Ray Snead - November 7, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Love Dreama’s art, her soul has to be a special one.
    Can hardly wait until the next art class I will take with her in April 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Ray Snead - November 7, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Love Dreama’s art, her soul has to be a special one.
    Can hardly wait until the next art class I will take with her in April 2015!ReplyCancel

  • Mo Jennings - October 25, 2014 - 12:29 am

    Love your paintings! & your outlook!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Pietschman - August 14, 2014 - 11:59 am

    Sometmes I lose sight of what brings joy to me – in turn – brining that energetic joy to others.

    I love the energy in your paintings and in your writing.

    I needed to read your words at this moment – perfect courage.

    Thank you!

    Stay inspired!


  • Bettyjrubner - June 26, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    Dear dreama–I love your work. Your colors are fabulous!
    Could you send me information on a trip to France or Italy? Next summer?
    Thanks for sharing your pieces!
    Fondly, bettyReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Kouhestani - June 19, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    I love your art and your wit! A big WOW!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne Kouhestani - June 19, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    I love your art and your wit! A big WOW!ReplyCancel

  • Judy. Me - June 17, 2014 - 6:47 am

    I love all of the beautiful paintings. They are so inspirational. The flowers are so graceful and charming. I had such a wonderful time in France with you and all of the purple berets. I’m going to have a wonderful time visiting again in my comfy chair. Your writings lift my heart and revive my spirits. Love JudyReplyCancel

  • Della Bone - June 6, 2014 - 7:39 am

    I SOOO enjoyed seeing your art on display at St. Peter’s! It was a cloudy, gloomy day until I saw the vibrant colors on your beautiful pieces! You are such an inspiration! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen Zmak - May 13, 2014 - 12:51 am

    You are my rainbow !ReplyCancel

  • Carol Hopper - May 4, 2014 - 5:43 pm

    There was so much in this post that I loved. Wow….you and I have many of the same books in our libraries!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Taylor Levinson - May 2, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Please disregard my last post….. all I had to do was LOOK
    I will try to get into your Costa Mesa workshop someday…and possible Lexington Ky.
    I’m from Cincinnati.ReplyCancel

  • Jolene Gailey - April 4, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    Dear Dreama

    I tend to rely on you postings as my daily meditation. I will just join with the rest to thank you as much as I can for your wonderful thoughts. As a struggling artist, I appreciate all that you reflect upon and share in such a giving way. speaking of reflections,(how do you like the segue sp? I am on a spanish computer and spellcheck well, forget it) I am struggling with the reflective surface of my palette and then I see you using a mirror!!!!! Share with me how you do that.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Hirtle - March 12, 2014 - 10:54 pm

    Hi Dreama! I stumbled across your site a couple months ago. Your paintings are so beautiful. I love the colours, the style , the pure joy of them , everything about them!! I so hope I can buy one when you have some available. That energy and life and love are just what I want in my home. your writing speaks to my heart.
    I am a nurse and in my mid 50’s. I feel more and more that now is the time to finally open myself to all the things I’ve dreamed of. I am being drawn to art. I have always wanted to paint but never tried. I have always wanted to capture things in my own way and express them. I feel this strong desire but feel completely stuck.
    Now I am home recovering from a stressed out lifestyle and would so appreciate any tips you could give me.
    Wishing you much love and joy! JudyReplyCancel

  • Lisa V Fine Art - March 5, 2014 - 10:54 pm

    You rock girl, soooooo proud of you hon.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene Weinstein - February 17, 2014 - 4:53 pm


    I loved reading about your painting and reading and your inspiring positive attitude. After a 30 year career in health care, I retired almost 2 years ago in my mid-fifties and have been going to Art School at a local public university. I am a “Painting/Drawing” major and have been so enjoying my chance to try something that I have always wanted to do. I am making progress in my work and have fun talking to the regular aged college kids.

    I am also a BIG reader. Let me think.. recent good reads: The Lady in Gold (about Gustav Klimt’s life), The Round House, The Greater Journey by David McCoullough (reading this now and is superb), Fever, The Orphan Master’s Son. Please share some of your favorites as well.

    Enjoy and be well! I will keep an eye on your workshops. I hope I can attend at some point!


    Marlene WeinsteinReplyCancel

  • Ana Dana - February 5, 2014 - 1:01 am

    Thank you for sharing. You describe love beautifully! ❤️❌⭕⭐⚓ReplyCancel

  • Youngsun Cho - February 4, 2014 - 11:18 pm

    Hi, Dreama!

    I’m Youngsun living in Seoul, Korea.
    I’m artist and I work in both oils and watercolors.

    Your positive attitude toward life is inspiring.
    I love your paintings and your wrtings too.

    Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - January 14, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    I live close to the other Paris (in Maine) and of course I love purple. Enjoying your beautiful bright and bold colors in your paintings.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Reilly - January 13, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Dreama, I just love reading your writing. Like a good book you don’t want to end.ReplyCancel

  • lesley cole - December 18, 2013 - 9:51 pm

    Attracted to color liking butterflyReplyCancel

  • Nic Romano - December 15, 2013 - 11:41 pm


    Come visit southern California and paint on either of our Italian farms including our new one in Temecula’s wine country.

    I can email you some photos to tempt you.

    Farmer NicReplyCancel

  • Barby D. Cahill - December 11, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    Hi Dreama,

    I will be taking your workshop next November in Costa Mesa. I hope you don’t mind that I work with a pallet knife! I absolutely love RWE’s definition of success. Hugs to you.ReplyCancel

  • Mary K Havelka - December 7, 2013 - 12:23 am

    Very intrigued by your paintings with so much bright color and
    light with an abundance of flowers! Someone mentioned your watercolors but I haven’t seen any. At 50 I started taking painting classes at our local Del Mar Jr. college painting in oils….didn’t know what the…..I was doing as I’d never had art in school. I wasn’t crazy about working in oils so we switched to WC for a semerster. I finally quite after taking
    drawing and art history classes several times. Went with a private teacher & studied with her till she became ill. Then on to another teacher who had taught art in middle school. She was very good with WC and also liked to work with acrylics also. Sadly,I had to drop out (for health reasons & couldn’t drive) so
    I’m pretty much stuck out where I live in the country am not near
    any painting peers who could help me get started again.ReplyCancel

  • Judith Perkel - November 24, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    Found you on Pinterest. I too see the purple in all things. Glad to meet you!

  • Maria Da Penha Sinhorelli - October 31, 2013 - 1:01 am

    The Art of Dreama Tolle Perry, que bom tê-la encontrado. Amo seu trabalho, Vc é humana e maravilhosa. Vc é como sua pintura, linda e vibrante, nos passa alegria. Bj!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelley MacDonald - October 19, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    Who doesn’t love you, Dreama? Bless you and your tender heart!ReplyCancel

  • Ann-Margret Perkins - October 15, 2013 - 12:22 am

    I was just in Paris today~ the ‘other’ Paris. I am an Interior Designer, and I met a client at her home today. I stopped by Hobby Lobby to have some of my paintings framed. I found, in the clearance isle, oil paints on sale! I was a very happy girl. I have started painting. I have taken a few lessons and played around with some paints and brushes. I have a picture I took at the Dead Sea that I would LOVE to paint. I should just start, but I’m waiting….not sure for what. I love your story, and most of all, your paintings. BEAUTIFUL! Ann-Margret PerkinsReplyCancel

  • Fulya Çelik Çetintaş - October 10, 2013 - 4:29 am

    Dreama, I love your paintings and your style..THANKs…ReplyCancel

  • larry bragg - October 1, 2013 - 9:55 pm

    hope you will do a dvd would love to have oneReplyCancel

  • Dreama - September 28, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Thanks so much to each of you for writing! I LOVE hearing what you have to say :-)!!!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Powell - September 25, 2013 - 2:23 pm

    Love your beautiful paintings. Color is luciousReplyCancel

  • Nancy Sewell Makar - September 21, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    I love how vulnerable you are, it helps me be vulnerable with my creativity. Forever grateful, Nancy ReplyCancel

  • Donald Andersen - September 21, 2013 - 12:45 pm

    Interesting story. Love what you paint and wish I had your imagination. Started painting at the age of 75 with WC and into oils at 81. Have a lot to learn’ but an interesting and rewarding journey. Don. AndersenReplyCancel

  • Laura Leeder - September 21, 2013 - 9:53 am

    Just reading this post Dreama, made me feel good right down to my toes! As a watercolour painter I really enjoyed your recent journal paintings and was inspired by you to order some twinkling paints for my own use. Now, I wait in anticipation of their arrival. Many thanks, have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - September 21, 2013 - 9:08 am

    Hi Dreama,
    I love your name and your your Grandmother for being a dreamer! She must have seen your creative spirit from the beginning. I’m not good at following through on projects. I journaled for years and then quit. I dream of being a watercolorist, bought the paints and paper(already have brushes for acrylic paintings). Even bought a beautiful journal, all crisp and new. It still has that “new journal smell”. You know like when you buy a new car and love that new car smell?
    You are inspiring! Give my best to the Eddies. My polydactyl female feline sends a “high five” or in her case, high seven or eigh,t to both Eddies.
    Welcome back to/from Paris.

  • Sharu Anjirbag - September 18, 2013 - 10:19 am

    Just chanced upon your painting when I was searching google.. Loved it and went straight to your page..Your paintings are so cheery and so joyful…God Bless you.ReplyCancel

  • khalid al blawi - September 18, 2013 - 4:54 am


    My love for paintings got me searching and I came across your paintings online and also found your website. I am impressed by the wonderful paintings you currently have for sale. Am interested in buying paintings from you, can you get back to me with the price range of your paintings and also the shipping cost to Saudi Arabia. Hope you accept (Credit card) as a method of payment?

    Await your response soonest.

    Best Regards.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Southward Snyder - September 17, 2013 - 4:22 am

    The colors are so vibrant. Your watercolors positively glow! I’m enjoying the trip.ReplyCancel

  • Margene Parker - September 16, 2013 - 3:05 pm

    I so enjoy following along on your journeys, may we meet up in the same space one time, thanks for all the tips. love your bright colors and beautiful renditions of your travels. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Dreama - September 16, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Thanks Linda 🙂 I don’t have a DVD but I am looking at doing one.ReplyCancel

    • Donna - May 21, 2014 - 7:21 am

      Sssooooo….how’s that DVD instructional video coming?? I sure would love to get my hands on it!!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - September 15, 2013 - 10:07 pm

    Dreama, I love your paintings and your style. Do you have an DVD courses or demonstrations? We’d love to have you for a class in Albuquerque, NM.


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  • Cynthia Cannan - September 11, 2013 - 7:03 am

    I love your site. I am a wanna-a-be water colorist.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Dittmar - September 7, 2013 - 10:14 am

    It was so nice to meet you last night in Cortona, Italy. I sure wish I had your talent. You are very blessed.
    Karen and Gary from FloridaReplyCancel

  • Mary Neely - September 5, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    I know I’m on your email list but I just read though your fun sweet bio again and felt your warmth and joy right through my mini pad . Love you MaryReplyCancel

  • James Snuffer - August 28, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    I love your colorful paintings and your fun personality. And really miss hearing you on the AHA podcast. Being new to the painting world I have found the information both you and Leslie have given extremely valuable.
    Thank YouReplyCancel

  • Teddy Jackson - August 27, 2013 - 9:41 pm

    Your writings always make me smile. Your paintings bring inspiration and joy to my art world.
    Thank you for sharing your many talents and telling us about your life and your successes.
    It is on my bucket list to attend a Dreama Tolle Perry workshop.
    Teddy JacksonReplyCancel

  • Nancy Martin Piros - February 17, 2013 - 2:19 am

    Super nice. I love how you put this together. I love to see your paintings and laughing and all the funny and fun things you write! You put a smile on my face too! XOXO Thanks Dreama.ReplyCancel

  • Isabella M Davis - February 16, 2013 - 4:11 am

    Love the vibrant colors of your wonderful art, your positive nature and your happy disposition that is infectious…best wishes today and aleays.ReplyCancel

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