Using oils, Dorothy’s aim is to paint what she perceives to be beautiful things. Whether painting portraits, landscapes or still life, she strives to capture beauty, which perhaps others may not have noticed or observed, but which hopefully leaves the viewer delighted and inspired. In her daily life, she is frequently attracted by beauty in all its forms - be it a landscape, flowers, porcelain, a face, or simply the juxtaposition of particular colours, shapes and/or tones. Then she is inspired to try and capture that beauty in paint. It is also important to her to capture the quality of light in a scene or a subject. In this way, in all her paintings, she attempts to show the third dimension. Dorothy also enjoys producing life-size, three-dimensional ceramic portrait busts from fired clay. Creating images in both paint and clay is her pleasure and vocation - very much part of her everyday life - and she cannot imagine a time when she would not wish to pursue creative expression in these fields. She greatly admires the works of the Dutch Flower Painters, the pre-Raphaelites, particularly William Waterhouse and Holman Hunt, and the portraits of Henry Raeburn and James Guthrie. These have been very influential and inspiring to her and have set her her goals. Contemporary influences are, among others, David A Leffel, Patricia Moran and Scott Christensen.