DOROTHY FAGAN uses color to express emotions hidden in the heart. Releasing them without words activates potential creative energy, restoring wellness and radiance. Kinetic energy activated through colors opens the innate flow of spirit. This is felt as uplifting energy, tenderness, compassion, and joy.
At seven, Dorothy Fagan knew she would be an artist. When the nuns handed her a box of colored chalks, she painted a picture of the Virgin Mary on the blackboard. As a young mother, she sent her delicate, pastel landscapes to international exhibitions at Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of Canada, Copley Society, and the National Arts Club, while she did the twins' diapers.
After an attacker threatened her life, she lost her ability to paint the abstract landscapes that won her international recognition. In search of a new reality, she began painting en plein air. Her incredible journey home took her to France, where she discovered the healing spectral colors, unleashing her energetic calligraphy, paralyzed in the assault.
Dorothy's colorful pastels, oil paintings, mixed media, and fiber art stand apart in international collections including; Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France, Boston Children's Hospital, U Mass. Memorial Research Center, City University of New York, and Longwood University Art Museum.
Studying oil painting and watercolors as a child, Dorothy completed her B.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting at East Carolina University in 1974. In a ten-year Master Painting Mentorship, Robert Bowers Mayo guided Dorothy to look inside herself in painting from her heart. During her residency in France, she developed her Color Prowess Palette, six colors aligned with the chakras.
Peninsula Fine Art Center Newport News, VA
By Land(scape), or by Water(color) April-May 2019
Musee de La Grande Vigne Abbaye de Lehon, France
Selected Works from the Permanent Collection September 2019
Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1953, Dorothy Fagan is the eldest daughter of a music teacher and a mechanical engineer. At age 8, through the encouragement of her mother Pauline, Dorothy discovered both her love of music and painting. Playing the organ at church, and taking sculpture and painting lessons with her mother, the foundation for her artistry had already begun.
At 14, Dorothy received her first award for painting and went on to win first place in a five-county student competition in Morristown, New Jersey. Graduating from East Carolina University with a B.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting, she married and moved to rural southeastern Virginia in 1974. Raising three sons, she painted at nap time and sent her paintings to New York City to compete in international juried exhibitions. At age 25, she achieved acceptance into the Pastel Society of America.
Her paintings were exhibited at the prestigious National Arts Club in New York City, and purchased by the City University of New York. Her oil paintings followed with the American Artists Professional League at the famous Salmagundi Club in New York. At home, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the Hermitage Museum, the Virginia Contemporary Museum of Art, and the Longwood Art Museum exhibited her pastel paintings.
Her father, Jack Fagan, encouraged Dorothy in conversations about the nature of creativity. A WWII vet injured at the Battle of the Bulge, his life was an inspiration to Dorothy. Her paintings made during his passing in 2013, tell the final chapter of their special connection in her book, High on a Hill with a Cloud and a Prayer.
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, AAA, City University of New York, International Paper, and numerous corporate and private collections.
Dorothy Fagan is represented by
Chasen Galleries, Richmond, VA.
Prince George Art & Frame, Williamsburg, VA
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, France
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
Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France,
City University of New York,
Longwood University Art Museum,
U. Mass Memorial Hospital,
Boston Children’s Hospital,
Camp Lejeune Mental Health Facility,
Wellness Center at The Landing
Riverside Cancer Center,
Southampton Memorial Hospital
The Village at Woods Edge
Walter Reed Riverside Hospital
Main Street Preservation Trust, Gloucester, VA
Princess Anne Country Club
Mathews Land Conservancy
Williamsburg Land Conservancy
First National Exchange Bank,
Bronco Federal Credit Union
Union Camp Forestry Division
City of Franklin
City of Virginia Beach
Roanoke Athletic Club
Union Camp Medical
Franklin Main Street Association
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS in the United States, England, Italy, France, Iceland, Singapore, Jordan, Canada.
Residencies, Awards & Education
Artist Residency Florence, Sept – Nov 2017, Independent Painting Writing
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 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.
B. F. A. East Carolina University, 1974, Printmaking and Painting
At East Carolina University, she studied under printmaker Donald Sexauer and painter Ed Reep 1971 - 1974.
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