"Whether I am standing outside at my easel painting a landscape or in my studio working on a still life of cut fruit or a portrait of a unique individual, I am drawn to praise the Creator of all things. The beauty and complexity of created forms, the interaction of light, shadow and atmosphere, the subtleties of color-these are all evidence of the One who creates and loves us. It is a privilege to be an artist and to closely observe these gifts."
Dotty works in pastel, watercolor, and oil. Her paintings have been displayed and won numerous awards in local, regional and national juried shows. She is represented by and is co-owner of The Gallery at the Network in San Luis Obispo.
Dotty frequently demonstrates at area art associations and has taken part in juried plein air painting festivals and participates in the Open Studios Tour of Arts Obispo. Her paintings have been featured in nationally distributed publications such as INTERNATIONAL ARTIST Magazine, WATERCOLOR Magazine published by American Artist, North Light Magazine, in "SPLASH 5; The Glory of Color published by Northlight Books, and CALIFORNIA LIGHT, Paintings of the California Art Club.
Focusing on environmental concerns, Dotty is active in SLOPE (San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment) and in ARTCENCO, a monthly critique group. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Central Coast Watercolor Society, a juried Artist Member of The California Art Club and a member of CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) and the Oil, Pastel and Acrylic Group of the San Luis Obispo Art Association.
Ms. Hawthorne graduated from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, with a BA in Art, earned a Certificate of Completion from North Light Art School, and has taken workshops from leading painters including Arne Nybak, Don O'Neil, Polly Hammet, Robert Reynolds, Libby Tolley, Jim Kosvanec, Skip Lawrence, Albert Handell, Kitty Wallis and Ray Roberts and Gabor Svagrik.
Dotty has illustrated several books written by her daughters on Latin American village life. "Portraits of a Peruvian Town in Words and Watercolor" written by Shelley Hawthorne was published by Dog City Press, and "Walk These Stones; Encounters along a Costa Rican Village Road" was written by Leslie Hawthorne Klingler and published by Squire Oaks Press.
Her studio is located in beautiful Squire Canyon near San Luis Obispo, California, and is open by appointment (805-595-7054).
RECENT SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
BOLD BRUSH PAINTING COMPETITION, Outstanding Pastel, March 2013
PASTELS USA - 26TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, Pastel Society of the West Coast - June 2012
SAN LUIS OBISPO MUSEUM OF ART - solo show First Gallery "Seasons" November 2011
ART FOR THE PARKS, Coutts Museum of Art, Top 50 travelling show, 2013
AMERICA'S PARKS THROUGH THE BEAUTY OF ART, Top 101, 2013
Yearly shows presented by SLOPE (San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment 1993-2013
OLD PUEBLO FRAMEWORKS AND GALLERY, Tucson, AZ - Featured Artist March 2011
Paso Robles Festival of the Arts 2011, 2012, 2013
"Hearst Castle Plein Air Invitational" 2009, 2010
SAN LUIS ART MUSEUM Plein Air Painting Festival, yearly through 2011
"PASTELS ONLY" International juried exhibition of the Pastel Society of America, Awards 2006, 2008
"PASTELS USA" International juried exhibition of Pastel Society of the West Coast 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012
Fine Art Views BOLD BRUSH 15% FAV award - Nov. 2010, Feb. 2012
AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST SOCIETY - National Juried Exhibition
CENTRAL COAST FINE ART JURIED EXHIBITION - Award 2004
WATERCOLOR WEST XXXII - National Juried Exhibition
AQUARIUS Annual Juried Show, CCWS, Participant 1991 - 2003, First Place Award 2000 & 1994, Arne Nybak Award 2003, Merit Award 1998
CALIFORNIA MID STATE FAIR - First Place and Judges Award 1998, Best of Show 1997
WATERCOLOR U.S.A. National Juried Exhibition Patron Purchase Award - 1997, 1998
BRUSHSTROKES Annual Juried Show, OPAG, , First Place Pastel 2000, HM, 2001, Award, 2009
THE COLOR OF AUTUMN Annual Juried Show, Paso Robles, CA. 1996 - 2003, Awards, 1996, 1997, 2004
KCBX Wine Classic Competition Winner - 2000
McConnell Gallery "Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables" Invitational Exhibit, Spring 2003; "We Live Here" Invitational Exhibit, Fall, 2003
Village Art - Arroyo Grande, Ca. - Five solo exhibitions
ADAMS GALLERY, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill. Solo exhibition
Paso Robles Library - Solo exhibition, 2007
"There is nothing quite like a Hawthorne landscape.
Everything she does is imbued with a pulsating sense of life."
Bill Beeson, Art Critic