Artist Dorothy Pentheny

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Artist’s Statement
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance, and this, and not the external manner and detail, is true reality.” Aristotle
Painting and drawing from life has taught me to see artistry in nature as forms and colors that invoke emotions.  While painting en plein air, I am fascinated by the deep reds I see in a bank of trees in winter, and the strong greens, blues and purples in the ocean surf and sky.  A bright orange tractor in a blue-green field just begs to have its playful practicality remembered in oils.  As Aristotle said, I hope to communicate the inward significance of things and share that thought with the viewer.
Like other forms of art, paintings can carry you to another world or back to a familiar place.  Whenever there is new despair in our world, violence, hatred, division, it is the arts that bring us back together, and reminds us of our commonality.   Focus on all that is good, expand that.
An award winning artist, Dorothy Pentheny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a major in English and concentrations in art.  Her photographs won acceptance in design exhibits at the University Gallery.  After a career as a Technical Writer and Editor, she focused her attention on her oil paintings. Her work has hung in the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, the Robert and Dorothy Palmer Gallery at SSC in Hingham, the North River Arts Festival juried show. the Scituate Arts Association juried show and the Plymouth Arts Guild juried show.  Dorothy continues to augment her education with many years of self-study, classes and workshops.  Her teachers include Margaret McWethy, Nancy Colella, Dianne Panarelli Miller, Sue Charles, Ellen Whalen, John [...]

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