Watercolor is exciting. I paint wet into wet, which is a constant challenge. Capturing the play of sunlight as well as the personality of the animal is the goal. Florals are painted on location; animals are sketched on location and endless photos taken. But it’s the sketches that are most important; it forces you to really study the animal so that later your photos have more meaning. It’s the gesture, that moment, and hoping others will enjoy it also.
To watch the animals in their natural habitat I take many trips to Montana, Yellowstone, Alaska, and Minnesota. I travel to Hawaii to paint orchids and tropicals giving me an ongoing source of inspiration.
Studying with top artists in the world and hearing their critiques is a great learning experience. In a Mater class critique Robert Bateman said of my moose, “That’s neat, this person is obviously skilled, has a strong sense of design and knows how to handle watercolor.”
Dorf is internationally known for her wildlife and mini to gigantic floral watercolors. She was a commercial artist in the Chicago area for more than 20 years before moving to San Francisco and devoting herself to watercolor painting full time.
Her watercolors are in corporate collections in the Bay Area and in private collections all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, and New Zealand. She has been represented by Images a Gallery S.F., CA, C. Lee Clark Bakersfield, CA, Galerie de Tours San Francisco, CA, and Carmel CA, For Love Not Money Petrovsky MI. Her paintings have been featured in many juried exhibits including: the San Bernardino Museum, CA, the American Museum of Wildlife Art MN, Yellowstone Park WY, Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show WA, Women Artists of the West MS, Art Fest in La Jolla CA., Wildlife and Western Art Exhibit MN, Game Coin International TX, October West CA, Florida Wildlife Expo FL, Fallbrook Conservancy Wildlife CA, Alaska Audubon Show in Anchorage AK, Watermedia, MN.