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Dorothy Fagan

"The essence of my paintings is about the relationship between earth and sky, earth representing me and sky representing The Creator. Playing with the four elements, earth, air, fire and water, becomes a game. The game is a challenge of wavelengths, color and light. With each brush stroke, it is as if The Creator is saying to me, 'How about this? How does this feel?' "

Dorothy Fagan is inspired by the raw landscape. She has painted on protected land for thirty years, both en plein air and from memory. Beyond vision, painting is a function of all the senses. So when painting on location, she allows herself to become part of the landscape, kicking off her shoes and melting into the sand. As the light changes, she mixes colors to match. In the process, her own wavelengths come into harmony with the earth; she feels rested, rejuvenated, and restored. Working in the studio, the same thread of creative energy comes through her heart with similar effect.

The artist often describes the exercise of painting as flexing her "faith" muscle. She receives each stroke of inspiration from The Source as a gift, with the challenge of accepting as given. With each flex, she experiences humility, honor, and passion. The active principle in her work is that we as humans belong to the earth. We are part of it; it does not belong to us. All of the paintings in this collection were inspired by lands that are protected. A portion of these works goes to help steward the earth.

Fagan earned her B.F.A. in printmaking and painting from East Carolina University. She completed a ten-year painting mentorship in American impressionist painting with Robert B. Mayo, Valentine Museum and Gallery Mayo. Her work has been featured on PBS and is represented in more than 200 public and private collections.

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Tuscan Red
Mixed-Media Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 800
$ 680
Hollyhock Dreams
Mixed-Media Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 2,000
$ 1,700
Poem
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 250
$ 212.50
Tranquility
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 250
$ 212.50
Lotus
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 250
$ 212.50
Koi I
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 250
$ 212.50
Sparkle
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Grace
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 450
$ 382.50
Charm
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 250
$ 212.50
Koi II
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 250
$ 212.50
Orchid
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Beauty
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 450
$ 382.50
Awakening
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 250
$ 212.50
Fern
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Ebb and Flow
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Inlet
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 3,600
$ 3,060
Lyric Dance I
Mixed-Media Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 800
$ 680
Sweetness of the Evening
Mixed-Media Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 800
$ 680
Lyric Dance II
Mixed-Media Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 800
$ 680
Autumn Leaf
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 250
$ 212.50
Autumn Pond
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 450
$ 382.50
Village IX
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 2,000
$ 1,700
The Flower Market
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 1,400
$ 1,190
Vibrant Sunset
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 250
$ 212.50
Indian Summer
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 2,800
$ 2,380
Fox and the Portal
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 1,400
$ 1,190
Daybreak in the Reeds
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 1,600
$ 1,360
Under the Light Umbrella...
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 1,400
$ 1,190
Solstice Moon
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 3,500
$ 2,975
Venezia Dream
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 3,600
$ 3,060
In the Flow
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Dream Valley II
Mixed-Media Wall Art
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 2,000
$ 1,700
Morning Pond
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 300
$ 255
Brilliant August
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 400
$ 340
Restful Eve
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 900
$ 765
River Tapestry
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 4,850
$ 4,122.50
Reflected Brilliance
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 4,850
$ 4,122.50
My Pond Really?
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 3,600
$ 3,060
Bright Morning Stirs
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Dreams Awake
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 3,650
$ 3,102.50
Gently Sunset
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Glow in the Woods
Oil Painting
by Dorothy Fagan
$ 2,000
$ 1,700
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Pastel Society of America Nat'l Juried Exh., New York City, National Arts Club, 1980
Pastel Society of Canada Int. Juried Exh., Ottowa, Canada, Cambrian Rose Gallery, 1981
Medal of Honor/Pastel, Academic Artists Assn., Springfield, MA, GVW Smith Art Museum, 1982
Best in Show, Virginia Beach, Virginia Museum Contemporary Art, 1979
Prints & Drawings '81, Richmond, VA, Virginia Museum Fine Art, 1981
Collections
Musee de La Grande Vigne, Permanent Collection, Dinan, France, 2013
Boston Children's Hospital, Permanent Collection, Boston, MA, 2011
Longwood Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Farmville, Virginia, 1995
U Mass Memorial Hospital, Permanent Collection, Boston, MA, 2011
City University of New York, Permanent Collection, New York, NY, 1979