Drawing and painting has been a passion for Dotty Hawthorne since childhood when her mother set up a table and art supplies for her five daughters. “At 12 I begged art lessons and went on to major in Art at Wheaton College. Since then I’ve taken workshops with leading artists and have painted professionally since my youngest child started kindergarten. I continue to paint because I love the process and appreciate the insight it gives me into the beauty and complexity of creation, including the amazing effects of light, shadow and atmosphere and the interactions of various colors.
“Over the past 25 years, I have emphasized several different mediums and subjects. First I concentrated on watercolor, painting florals, portraits and still lives. Next I turned to pastel and started painting the landscape outside. I continue to work in pastel, loving the combination of drawing and painting, but have added oil painting. I primarily paint the landscape with occasional portraits, still lives and florals. ”Dotty typically begins a painting on location (plein air) and works for several hours until conditions change. During that time she takes several photographs, and completes the painting in her studio.”
Dotty recently moved from San Luis Obispo, CA, to Portland to be near family. “As a recent resident of the Northwest, I am getting to know the unique landscape of this area, and have been primarily plein air and studio painting Portland and surrounding areas.
If you visit Dotty during Open Studios in October you can look forward to seeing her recent works in pastel and oil from the Columbia Gorge, the Oregon Coast, along the Willamette, several Portland parks, and even from the tulip fields.