Dorothy’s passion and ability as an artist came late in life due to a traumatic brain injury twenty-five years ago. Suddenly She was left with an ability to see and draw colors, an ability that was not present prior to the injury. Dorothy calls this brain injury her “mixed blessing.”
This mixed blessing keeps her sensitive and deeply inspired by the keen beauty of nature. “ I see the world around us in many layers and that is just the way I paint—applying many layers of paint, ink and pencil detail. Many layers are transformative for me and eventually bring satisfaction.”
While her focus on distinct subjects varies. There is a constant universal connection, and that is the world around her. Being raised at a very young age to get out in the world and look up at the trees and the sky, to really listen to the birds and the frogs, has made her grateful for the opportunity to translate that lesson which parents taught her onto canvas.
Whether she is painting a woman in her “Women in Nature” series or birds her in her “It’s a Party” series—which features different birds surrounded by party flags—she creates colorful paintings inspired by nature. In Dorothy’s work you will always find birds, flowers, trees and other uniquely rendered visions from her day to day life in the Pacific Northwest.”
“I am by no means trying to change the world with my art. I am just so thrilled to be alive and painting every day and hope that my joy of nature translates to others through my work.”