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joy's garden

the Vibrant Creativity Within
by expressionist colorist 
artist dorothy fagan

healing art for america

Manifest Dreams
with Your
vibrant creativity.

In a painting called "Lord Have Mercy on Me," Dorothy Fagan prays for peace with each stroke of her paintbrush. 

Painted with chakra-aligned oil colors, Dorothy's dream catcher paintings reflect and magnify the viewers' capacity. Immediately one feels the effect ~ uplifting and peaceful ~ creative energy rising through the body in gentle waves. 

Dorothy first began using color to heal after an attack on her life decades ago. Imagining the painting as a mirror, she feels emotional colors ~ warm and cool, light and dark, creating balance in her own body of reflections ~ transforming trauma into peaceful energizing art for a world in need.

Many of her paintings are created in pairs. Like twins, they stand together or alone. "Forever in My Dreams" and "Lord Have Mercy on Me" echo the dream and prayer together.

"I draw imagery from my wildflower garden by the pond, from memories, dreams, and snippets of day to day life ~ translating sparks of the Creator's Light into thick strokes of buttery paint with a T-rex palette knife. 

Instead of coloring inside the lines of a drawing, I begin by expressing colors I feel. Then I carve lines and textures with a twig of willow charcoal . . . until I feel a visceral kind of peace."

See Inside Dorothy's Studio by the Pond

WATCH THE VIDEO  & see how Dorothy feeds inspiration to create a six foot painting from a watercolor postcard.

"I love your work and feel such an affinity for your life and message. There are so many of your paintings I didn't purchase that I wish, now, I had! 

"I am getting these and am so pleased. Thank you, so much!"

~ Jeannelle, Boise, ID

"Your work is exceptional. It is priceless, precious and heartfelt. What you create is a gift to this world. 

"What I see in your work speaks unapologetically for itself. When you create something good and worthy it stands in its own. You do that."

~ Lisa S., TN

The Star of Our Great Room!

"​We are very excited about the decision to do a commissioned painting!  We love the luminous quality of the sky & fields, the bold rooftop colors of oranges, corals & reds, and the deep purples & teal. It is truly the star of our great room space!"

~ MJ & Bob, Richmond, VA

Newest Oil Paintings

Dorothy's colorful abstracts
pulse with vibrant energy.  

Ethereal landscapes and floral abstracts engage the viewers'  eyes and heart in stirring up colors within. . 

Feel the uplifting soothing effect for yourself!
Shop currently available new paintings.


The Watershed

A Family Legacy in Full Bloom

Experience the watershed as you step into the paintings and poetry that brought Dorothy's artistry into full bloom.



    ColorME Energized 

    Let's talk about your creativity!

    The colors that take your breath away are calling you to release your passion, vitality ~ your inner well of creative flow. 

    Join me in the studio. Watch the video and learn more about how you can use color to energize and soothe, mirror and magnify your vibrant creativity. 

    Dorothy Fagan


    Dorothy Fagan knew she would be an artist in the second grade, when the nuns encouraged her to copy a picture of the Virgin Mary on the chalkboard. As a young mother, she won recognition for her abstract pastels at Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of Canada, Copley Society, and the National Arts Club in New York.

    But when an assailant's knife threatened her life, Dorothy lost her ability to paint her delicate abstract pastel landscapes. Inexpressible emotions screamed in silence, catapulting her on an incredible healing art journey. Releasing emotions into strokes of pure pigment, she discovered the reality of heart and soul in the flow of colors..

    On an artist residency in France, Dorothy found new direction for her artistry. Juxtaposing ancient man-made structures with her landscapes, she began exploring the relationship between human and divine in paintings and writings. Realigning her palette with the chakras, she discovered her true artistry as a portal for the Light.

    Studying painting and music as a child, Dorothy completed her B.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting at East Carolina University in 1974.  In a ten-year American Masters Painting Mentorship from 1979 - 89, Robert Bowers Mayo guided Dorothy to look inside herself for inspiration.

    Fagan's art stands apart in international exhibitions most recently at DressME at MADS Gallery in Milan, ItalyHerStory 2020-2021 at Manhattan Arts International , and Art Ideal, at Circle Foundation, France,  and in  permanent collections of Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France; U Mass. Memorial Research Center, City University of New York, and Longwood University Art Museum, and numerous corporate and private collections.

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