The Sandhill Cranes are one of my favorite species of birds. The chicks do not always survive given the predators they encounter. The human contribution is not creating a healthy environment for their survival. We need to be more accountable for our trash. It is what prompted me to paint "Woeful". My passion for art began watching the T.V. series , “John Nagy Learns to draw” when I was a young girl. I sketched whenever I had the opportunity.
Like so many other women of my generation, ensuing years were filled with raising a family, sustaining a career, and developing myself as a person. After retirement from my professional life in the dental field, I decided to take formal Art Classes and studied with a watercolor Artist in Stony Brook, New York, who taught and exhibited much of her work in New York and California.
As the years passed, I needed a change and was drawn to the vibrancy and fluidity of oils. I prefer using a variety of my photos for reference in my compositions as well as what I see in my imagination. I love the contrast of lights and darks.
I continue to take classes on an as needed basis and have my own studio space in Tequesta, Florida,at the Village Art Studios in Gallery Square North.
Please take a look at more of Dorothea's lovely workhttp://www.thevillageartists.webs.com