After earning a BS in Communications and Theatre from Temple University, the first 15 years of Dorothy's career were devoted completely to sculpting the human form. That work was exhibited in galleries and juried shows from Florida to New York. Although she worked in stone, wood, wire, and wax, the majority of her pieces were finished in clay.
A loyalty to pastels developed slowly. It became a complete passion when she began working on location. She says that, "when your childhood is spent hiking mountains, exploring caves, ghost towns, border towns and working on a ranch; it is not much of a leap to work en plein air."
She has studied with some of the best landscape painters in the USA. She first studied with Deborah Paris, then Ken McIndoe, Lorenzo Chavez, Albert Handell and Doug Dawson.
Dorothy began instructing pastels en plein air at Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, FL in the fall of 2004.
She has been invited to demonstrate her painting pastels en plein air techniques at: The Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg, FL and The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL.
She is a member of several arts associations including Plein Air Florida,
Plein Air New Mexico, Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters, Plein Air Artists Colorado, Women Painters of the Southeast, Professional Association of Visual Artists and Founding member of Adirondack Mountain School Painters, former member of National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters.