Doing art, Painting, sketching, story, has owned my heart for as long as I can remember.  I think all children have the seeds of art in their souls.  Some are never encouraged to imagine deeply or to recognize the value of their own thoughts.   My own art is a reflection of the relationships, and experiences I have been given. In my work there is a story of a little girl who grew up on the South Dakota prairie.  I have heard it said artists are driven by their own search for “meaning”.  I don’t know if this is true for every artist.  It is certainly true for me. I look closely at my memories, to define their significance.  I love conversations when they carry in them some form of real meaning.  I love movies and books and poetry, which transmit some truth of the mystery we all live in.

     The first time I saw a Van Gogh original painting, I was at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.  My reaction to it was instantaneous. I saw the artist’s “Little Peasant Girl”, and with my heart I felt a little bit, I think, of what Van Gogh felt about her.  Her life, her courage, her hope was in his rendition of her image.  I began to cry, unselfconsciously, in the center of the room, in front of his painting.  This experience is now part of my history. In one moment, I submitted to Van Gogh’s amazing ability to tell the little peasant girl’s story. I understood a little of what he felt as he painted her.  He told her story with color, with the expression on her face, with his brush strokes.  It is my own desire to tell stories in this way.  This is for me, a life worth living .



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Comment by Rachael VT on September 11, 2012 at 7:03am

Dorsey, I haven't posted my work much on here, occasionally in a blog or on the Artist's Arise page. You can see a good chunk of what I do on my website: www.hopeinart.org. I am so pleased to see how successful you have been in getting your work out there and available for viewing, and like Dan said, that it is profitable! How wonderful! I wonder if it took you some time to begin seeing profits. I live in a small town and I think my biggest problem is getting out of local, and getting to more populated areas where people are more able to buy.  I am seeing slow growth though.

Comment by dorsey mchugh on September 11, 2012 at 6:42am

Thank you Dan, for your calm and steady encouragement! 

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Comment by Dan Miller on September 11, 2012 at 1:35am
I think it's truly a gift to be able to have your work so intimately connected to your heart. That's everyone's dream. So you embrace your passion and your talent. The only other piece is to have that create income and you're home free. And you're doing that. Congratulations on creating "work" that is meaningful,purposeful and profitable!
Comment by dorsey mchugh on September 11, 2012 at 12:30am

Thank you Rachael.  Do you have your work posted?  I looked.  Not sure I am navigating adeptly yet........

Comment by Rachael VT on September 10, 2012 at 7:01pm

Mmmm, I think we have parallel hearts in some way. Your art is beautiful and seems to capture the moment that person is living in. I absolutely love the strong presence of color and the emotions they evoke. I have a similar pursuing as you, though I am very much in the beginning stages. It is also my desire to tell stories in my art, but I use black and white with the lighting affecting the mood. I can truly appreciate your use of color and the subtleties you use to capture the story. Beautiful. 

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