Wonderful Show

 

Oil Pastel, Ebony Pencil and Turpentine on Paper
Oil Pastel, Ebony Pencil and Turpentine on Paper

It was wonderful to show Dorothy’s work at the Spoto Family Winery in Sacramento. Her work in pastel, watercolor and pen and ink was well received. Here are three of our sales. It was fun to see how there was something for everyone to enjoy. We will keep you informed of upcoming events.

India Ink and Technical Pen
India Ink and Technical Pen
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Watercolor

Dementia Series

Oil Pastel on Paper
Oil Pastel on Paper

It came on slowly. I did’t know what was happening. I kept working and didn’t really understand that I had changed. This is a work I did for my niece Debbie. It is what my mind feels like now. It is electric, bright, jumpy, moving and vibrating with energy I can’t control.

I never wanted to loose my mind but I have. I can’t hold complex compositions and ideas in my head any more. I don’t know that I can’t do what I did before, but if I stare at the paper long enough, something comes. I am happy. I travel back to all the wonderful experiences I have had in my life and I am at peace.

Oil Pastel on Paper
Oil Pastel on Paper

My Journey

India Ink and Pen
India Ink and Pen

My journey allowed me to travel, study abroad, indulge my passion for art, culture, religion, architecture, and more. I was a Professor of Painting, Drawing, and Metals at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California for over 27 years. My work has been shown around the globe but by the early 2000’s my health challenged me to continue working from my home. I could only imagine, as I still do today, all the things I have seen and experienced.

Struggling with hospitalization, confinement, nursing homes and finally assisted living/skilled nursing, I have lived and experienced things deep and profound. When I could no longer move freely, my work became strong, edgy, painful, dark and transformative. My pen and ink work of the 1090’s and early 2000’s reflect my pain and growth. Everything is about transformation from the darkest of places, to those of love and life.

 

Narrative Symbolism

India Ink and Pen
India Ink and Pen

I often use recognizable shapes, object and symbols to identiy my feeling or situation. Then I move to concept which are reflective of my beliefs so that I may speak of what I know. I believe that if you have something to say as an artist, you must speak from yourself. It is this expression which emanates from my classical training as a fine artist but is no longer confined by it.

My Commitment to Art

Colored Prisma Pencil on Paper
Colored Prisma Pencil on Paper

“They sing to me, they dance, they tell a story, they resonate with my very soul.

My work speaks in timeless tones whether I work in ink, water color, acrylic, enamel, oil, puff paint, pastel or pencil.

The methods can vary widely from painting with brush, drawing with technical pens, to paint flowing from tubes.

One thing is for certain, all my work comes from my life long and enduring commitment to Art.”

Influenced by Travel and Multicultural Study

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Tribal Series

Dorothy traveled extensively, studying art and culture throughout the Far East, Middle East and Europe. Her travel in China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Egypt, Italy, France, Israel and Iraq, developed her deep appreciation for art, architecture, history and the evolution of arts through the ages.

5-6x12
Tribal Series

Pen and Ink

India Ink and Technical Pen on Paper
India Ink and Technical Pen on Paper

To work only with black and white demands total concentration and focus to achieve a range of intensity in revealing the “color” of an object. Over time, the objects emerge from the paper. Slowly, the paper unveils what is to be where.

There is not place to hide when working in black and white. Years of art training allows me to set myself free and explore methods, images and emotions in a bold and visceral way. I must keep the whole composition in my mind as the work evolves and becomes real. At the same time, I must focus on one dot of ink at a time.

This massive technical endevor can only be accomplished through intense channeling of all that I am, all that I feel, all that I have learned, all I must be, and all that has come before me.