Dorothy Starbuck was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where she developed a love and passion for painting the natural beauty of her beloved tropical state. She now resides in Pt. Washington near the sand dunes and gulf beaches of the panhandle.
Occasional workshops and art classes have enhanced Dorothy’s natural talent in painting and preserving the images of Florida’s diverse and dwindling natural features. From the rivers and swamps to the beaches and dunes, all element are accurately portrayed. Her representational style conveys the calmness and serenity she feels while sketching or photographing in the field. Her powers of direct observation, pursuit of excellence and ability to capture the nuances of color, light and shadow give her oil paintings an authentic feel.She has been most influenced by artist and instructor Dave Herbert, and historical artist, Graham Ingles.
In her frequent trips throughout Florida, she searches for remote, undisturbed areas. “These trips to the wild provide the inspiration for my paintings and have given me many wonderful, exciting experiences. I love being out in nature and hopefully that is reflected in my work.
Dorothy is a member of Cultural Arts Alliance, Women’s Art Network and Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters of Walton County. Her agent is Jim Cournoyer owner of Southern Fields Art in St. Petersburg FL. Dorothy’s award-winning paintings have been featured in the Florida State Capitol, at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D. C., in the permanent collection of the U. S. Air Force and in numerous Florida Museums.
Student of Dave Herbert, Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, N. Miami, FL
Studied with Graham Ingles for technique and tranquil color development
Work exhibited in juried art festivals since 1978, receiving over 50 awards
Taught oil painting workshops, classes and private lessons for over 20 years
Selected to paint “Camp Pinchot” for 50th anniversary celebration in 2000.
Painting is permanently displayed in the US Air Force Armament collection at
Eglin Air Force Base.
Selected as the first “Artist of the Year”, Walton County, FL 2002-2003
Best in Show: Everglades Artist’s Annual Fine Art Show
First Place: Nature’s Gallery, Panama City
South Miami-Kendall Art Festival
Plantation Spring Show
Miramar Art Show
Art Festival in the Pines
Art in the Heart of Miami Beach
Second Place: Riverwalk Art Festival, Milton, 2012
Melbourne Art Festival, 2013
Melbourne Art Festival 2015
Third Place: Vero Beach “Under the Oaks” 2004
Merit Award: South Miami-Kendall Art Festival
Vero Beach “Under the Oaks 2005
Spring Art Festival, Gainsville 2008
Artsquest, Seaside, 2012
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida 2007
Historic Bok Sanctuary “Florida – An Enchanted Land” 2005
A. E. Backus Gallery and Museum, Ft.Pierce, FL “Heat Wave” 2004
Elliot Museum, Stuart , FL “The Natural Beauty of Florida” 2004
Historical Museum of Southern Florida, Miami, FL, “Southern Exposure”
Old School Square, Delray Beach, FL
Wirtz Gallery, South Miami, FL, “Disappearing Landscapes”
Florida State Capitol, Tallahassee, FL