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Joy's Garden A Mathews Artist Painting Her Own Backyard


The Garden Party, plein air oil on canvas, prints available


hile chatting and enjoying a garden party, artist Dorothy Fagan painted a vibrantly colored oil painting captur- ing the joyful spirit and camaraderie of the guests. She returned to her studio in Mathews satiated and


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inspired. Part of her new series, My Own Backyard, Dorothy also


painted the homecoming of the Freya, a sailboat at the Mathews Maritime Foundation, a workboat at the home of her painting mentor, Bob Mayo on the Piankatank; and kite flying on the beach at Bavon with her grandchildren. Seeing herself in the symbolism of images in her paintings she quips, “Oh go fly a kite! My free-ya workboat is on the beach with the kids!”


52 S Seeing the Creator’s whimsy in her paintings, Dorothy


writes inspirational stories that engage readers in finding the Creator in day-to-day life. Sharing inspiration and fostering creativity comes naturally. She loves speaking to groups, sharing stories, and engaging others. Prints of her paintings and stories are available on thepaintinglesson.com. More valuable than art are the friendships. They are the


“heart connection” with others that inspires her. Imagining the women ~ wearing their garden party ~ colorful hydrangea, butterfly blouses, water lily jackets, Dorothy began painting fabrics. Remembering herself printing fabrics in high school, she knew she’d come home. Since moving to Mathews 17 years ago, Dorothy perfected


her artistry as a landscape painter, painting en plein air along the creeks and marshes of the Chesapeake Bay region of


July/August 2017


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