Dorothy Fagan is an artist, writer and speaker from Cobbs Creek, Virginia. She is the author of Discovering Joy’s Garden, which presents a plein air artist’s residency in France. Her inspirational artist stories include everything from why she went, what she packed, where she painted ~ to how her watercolor postcards and dreams influence her life and oil paintings!
Dorothy’s paintings have won awards and have been collected internationally, and she is represented by the prestigious Chasen Galleries of Richmond. As a painter her primary focus is the landscape. Working in oil, as well as pastel and mixed media, she utilizes an experimental Color Fusion process to continually grow and develop her artistry and vision. Color and drawing are important elements in her work and during artist residencies in France and Italy, she continues to pursue new inspiration.
Fagan is artist curator Heart of the River Collection, a collection of 100 plein air paintings by 20 artists in a community wide interactive arts project. She conducts creativity retreats in painting, watercolor journaling and Italian cooking in Tuscany. She is currently working on a new book, Plein Air Painting is the New Golf, from which articles be found on The Painting Lesson blog.
Fagan holds a B.F.A in Printmaking and Painting from East Carolina University. She completed a 10-year Mentorship in American Masters Painting with Robert Bowers Mayo in 1988. Her paintings are in the public collections of the City University of New York, Musee de La Grande Vigne, Longwood Art Museum, U Mass Memorial and numerous others.
Musee de La Grande Vigne, Les invites d’Yvonne Jean-Haffen Exposition du 4 Octobre a 3 Novembre 2013, Hotel de Ville de Dinan, Dinan, France
MUSEUM COLLECTIONS Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France, City University of New York, Longwood University Art Museum, Emory University.
HEALTHCARE COLLECTIONS U. Mass Memorial Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Camp Lejeune Mental Health Facility, Riverside Cancer Center, Southampton Memorial Hospital.
CORPORATE COLLECTIONS General Electric, First National Exchange Bank, International Paper, Monarch Bank, Towne Bank, AAA, Raycom Media, Coldwell Banker.
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS in the United States, England, Italy, Singapore, Jordan, Canada.
National Juried Exhibitions
Pastel Society of America, National Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York
Pastel Society of Canada, International Juried Exhibition, Cambrian Rose Gallery, Ottawa
American Artists Professional League, National Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York
G.V.W. Smith Art Museum, National Juried Exhibition, Springfield, MA
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Prints & Drawings ’81 National Juried Exhibition, Richmond, VA
Virginia Contemporary Museum of Art, Virginia Beach, VA
The Copley Society, Pastel Society of America Members’ Exhibition, Boston, MA
Kansas Pastel Society, National Juried Exhibition
Hermitage Museum, Pastel Society of America Members’ Exhibition, Norfolk, VA
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Pastel Society of America Members’ Exhibition, Newark, NJ
Residencies, Awards & Education
Artist Residency Florence, Sept – Nov 2015, Independent Painting Writing
Artist Residency Musee de La Grande Vigne, July – Sept 2013, Dinan, Provence, Paris.
Medal of Honor G.V.W. Smith Art Museum, Academic Artists’ Association
Best in Show Virginia Contemporary Museum of Art
American Masters Painting Mentorship with Robert B. Mayo, Valentine Museum and Gallery Mayo, 1979 – 1989, Richmond, VA. Mayo guided Fagan in developing her unique approach to painting by imparting his understanding of the artist psyche through the works of George Inness, Martin J. Heade, Elliot Clark, and Walter Metcalf.
B. F. A. East Carolina University, 1974, Printmaking and Painting
Discovering Joy’s Garden, Dorothy Fagan, 2015
CreativSOUP, Adult Creativity & Coloring, Dorothy Fagan, 2016
100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, Gary Pendleton, Schiffer Publishing 2014
Joan Cawley Publishing, Fine Art Prints, 2001 - 2011
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