Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1953, Dorothy Fagan is the eldest daughter of a music teacher and a mechanical engineer. At age 8, through the encouragement of her mother Pauline, Dorothy discovered both her love of music and painting. Playing the organ at church, and taking sculpture and painting lessons with her mother, the foundation for her artistry had already begun.
At 14, Dorothy received her first award for painting and went on to win first place in a five-county student competition in Morristown, New Jersey. Graduating from East Carolina University with a B.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting, she married and moved to rural southeastern Virginia in 1974. Raising three sons, she painted at nap time and sent her paintings to New York City to compete in international juried exhibitions. At age 25, she achieved acceptance into the Pastel Society of America.
In oil paintings, Dorothy Fagan takes us to the depths of human darkness and back into the embrace of the light. Fusing colorist ideas and techniques with modern healing art, she paints to create peace in her own heart. Her vibrant spectral palette and energetic brush strokes reveal intimate details of her inner world. Landscape symbols, translated as dreams, uncover hidden meaning in a mirror world.