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Dorothy Ellis




Most mornings I am up with the birds and painting in my sun porch/studio, happy as the proverbial lark. Learning with every canvas, observing my missteps and changing a tone or a value means that I am growing. Asking for a critique from a veteran painter or an admired teacher has helped beyond measure.

After taking about 20 credits in Fine Art at Rowen College in N.J. I had a long hiatus before I could focus on learning to paint again. I retired from Nursing, and having fledged my three children, I found a good teacher who refreshed what I had learned and encouraged me. That was 2010-2011. Seeking a warmer climate led me to Virginia. I joined Prince William Art Society and Manassas Artists Guild. I attended workshops with those groups as well at The Workhouse gallery.

Always I felt like a beginner, so hungry to learn to paint what I saw around me and to express my love of our beautiful country. Going to galleries I felt like a kid in a candy store window, wanting to know how to paint like that…and that!

I took a painting course with Jef Sturm, and then some more. I switched to oils because I could see the beautiful blends one could achieve. He handed me the keys, all I had to do was learn and paint. And paint some more.



●     Honorable Mention for “Amarylis”, at Rowen College, NJ, 1982

●     Honorable Mention for “Autumn Birches”, at Seacoast Artists Guild’s Spring Show 2017

●     Best in Show for “Blown”,WACG’s Spring Show Burroughs- Chapin Art Museum 2018

●     Third Place for “Incoming Tide”, at Seacoast Artists Guild’s Spring Show 2019



●     Seacoast Artists Gallery,  Market Common, Myrtle Beach,  S.C.

●     Georgetown ArtGallery, Front Street, Georgetown, SC.







Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum strives to be one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. With 11 galleries that change throughout the year, Myrtle Beach’s only art museum offers exhibitions featuring paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage and more. A visit to the Art Museum’s exhibitions can be enhanced by its lively programming, including artist receptions, tours, lectures, workshops and classes for both adults and children.