Dottie Leatherwood

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, I have always had a passion for art. From drawing what must have amounted to thousands of pictures of horses and dogs as a child to studying art in college, it has always been as natural as breathing to me. For the last ten years while my children were small, I ran a successful business painting murals and decorative pieces. Here and there, I would snatch a few moments to paint for myself. Now that my children are older, I have decided to return to my love of painting full time and have studied with artists Andy Braitman, Dreama Tolle Perry and Leslie Saeta. I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my family and a wonderful menagerie of pets.

Painting to me, is about capturing and preserving the emotion and energy of a moment in time with the simple instruments of brush and paint. Having grown up on the coast, I always draw my inspiration from nature and the bright clear light that I grew up with. My art is all about layers of rich vibrant color and vigorous brushstrokes. I am drawn to patterns and strong shapes and my painting is often more about these observations and less about the subject itself. If I can make the observer feel as though they are immersed and transported through the color and enthusiasm of my painting then I have succeeded.