Paintings of the Mind
Landscapes from nowhere/everywhere
As far back as I can remember I have been interested in artistic activities. I have done gardening, painting, spinning, knitting and designing of knitted articles. For several years I designed sweaters for Berroco Yarn Company of Uxbridge, Massachusetts. I have to admit that drawing and painting have always been my primary source for creative expression.
Although I have always been interested in art I did not pursue it as a career but have enjoyed it as an avocation for most of my life. I studied portrait painting with Dodie Fletcher at the Cambridge Art Center and had courses in drawing, etching and painting with Richard Isaacs of Boston University. I have continually taken workshops with many talented artists. Among them were Gerald Brommer, Carol Barnes and Pat SanSoucie.
I have paintings in collections here on the West coast, on the East coast and in Switzerland, England, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Spain and Yemen.
I have traveled a great deal in the United States and Europe and at different times spent several months in Andalusia in Southern Spain and in Scotland. I am sure that somewhere in my inner brain I have stored many images of sights I have seen that later become part of the painting I do.
It is with great pleasure that I do paintings using watercolor, acrylic, oil, ink, dye and various types of paper. To me it is very exciting when I have a blank piece of paper turn into a piece of art that I find interesting - that expresses my inner feelings.
Dorothea M. Franzosa