About the Artist
Dolores’ love of art revealed itself in elementary school, poring over tomes of ancient Greek sculpture. By the age of 11, she was sketching figures and nudes from photographs.
While attending Santa Rosa Junior College, Dolores received her AA in art which enabled her to continue her study of the human figure by drawing and painting from live models.
At Sonoma State University she received a BA in Geography with a specialized major in mapping services. Pursuing an alternate career as a geologic draftsman — working on slide presentations and maps — her love of art continued with evening art courses.
While living in East Africa for three years, she was inspired by the beautiful people and wildlife there and painted them in a semi-abstract style. This artwork is currently in private collections in Kenya, Israel and the United States.
Dolores is captivated by the works of the masters, especially Rembrandt for capture of light and dark and John Singer Sargent for his loose style — combining impressionism with realism.
This interest led her to train at the atelier of Virgil Elliott 1, a renowned portrait artist, who paints in the style of the old masters. Virgil became her mentor for three and a half years. Dolores trained with him and traveled to Paris with a group he led to study the masters there.
She has also attended workshops with the internationally known artist, Bob Gerbracht 2, and has attended classes and demonstrations at the Portrait Society of America conventions 3.
Recently, Dolores became interested in landscapes. Inspired by the style of Monet, she experimented with impressionistic landscapes both in the studio and Plein Air. She enjoys using them for figurative works. Painting from life has become her major inspiration.
- AWS Apple Blossom art show
April 11, 12 and 13, 2014
- Portrait Project – Santa Rosa Steele Lane Community Center
March 7 – April 24, 2014
- Small works show – Graton Gallery
February 25 – March 30, 2014
Active memberships in:
- Portrait Society of America
- Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County