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Discovering Joy's Garden
Finding inspiration in the most unlikely places, Dorothy Fagan discovered the power of emotionally charged brush strokes of color to heal at an early age. Faced with multiple traumas as a young artist, she used her paint brush to proactively heal after an assailant tried to take her life, and again after losing her mother to cancer.
Armed with her BFA in Printmaking and Painting from East Carolina University, and a desire for peace ~ Dorothy invested thirty years experimenting with the creative process. Discovering the creative goddess within, her artistry expanded to include poetry, prose, fabric design, and video healing art channel on YouTube.
Although she says she didn't want to be a victim of what happened, she acknowledges "the Creator compelled me to flex my 'Faith' muscle and grow into the name I'd chosen at Confirmation." Fagan’s story is, “in itself is so brave, so authentic, so honest and moving ~ she shines a light in this world!"
At 14, Dorothy received her first award for painting and went on to win first place in a five-county student competition in
Her paintings were exhibited at the prestigious National Arts Club in
Her father, Jack Fagan, encouraged Dorothy in conversations about the nature of creativity. A WWII vet who was hit in the head during the Battle of the Bulge, his life was itself was an inspiration to Dorothy and in living with the stigma of being a victim. Her paintings made during his passing in 2013, tell the final chapter of their special connection through the Creator within in her upcoming book, "Walk with Dad."
In 2013, Dorothy commenced the final steps of of her healing journey in France when she was awarded an artist residency at Musee de La Grande Vigne in Dinan. There she developed her fusion mixed media process, combining pastel, oil, and watercolor painting. Her palette shifted again, and again in 2015 and 2017, as she traveled to Tuscany for extended residencies. Her most recent trip to Sorrento, Italy, amended her palette once again, adding orchid to her violet hues.
Dorothy Fagan's art is included in collections on five continents, including the Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France, Longwood University Art Museum, U Mass Memorial Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Camp LeJeune Mental Health Hospital, Emory University, City University of New York, International Paper, and numerous corporate and private collections.
Gallery Mayo, Richmond, VA 1979
Dorsey Gallery, Roanoke, VA 1980
Virginia Contemporary Museum of Fine Art, 1979
Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, 1981, 2006
Michelson's, Washington, DC, 1985
JSL Fine Art, 2015
Chesapeake Framing & Art Gallery, Kensington, MD, 2013
Stewart Gallery, Gloucester, VA 2017
Prince George Art & Frame, Williamsburg, VA 2018
International & National Juried Exhibitions
Musee de La Grande Vigne, Les invites d’Yvonne Jean-Haffen Exposition, Dinan,
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
MUSEUM COLLECTIONS Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan,
CORPORATE COLLECTIONS General Electric, First National Exchange Bank, International Paper, Monarch Bank, Towne Bank, AAA, Raycom Media, Coldwell Banker.
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS in the
Residencies, Awards & Education
Artist Residency Musee de La Grande Vigne, July – Sept 2013, Dinan,
American Masters Painting Mentorship with Robert Bowers 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.
Joy’s Garden, Embrace the Mountain Dorothy Fagan, 2018
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
Teaching & Writing
Fagan Studios, 1976 - present
Fagan Design Concepts, Inc, 1986 - 1997 creativity communications consulting
Fagan Studio Gallery, 1983 - 1990 custom framing gallery
Paul D. Camp Community College, 1983 - 1988 teaching
W. C. Rawls Museum, 1975 - 1983 teaching
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