A photograph of the artist.

A graduate of the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Dorothy initially taught art and freelanced as an editorial illustrator. Now focused on her fine art, she achieves a rich, other-worldly quality with her technique, rendering her subjects through the intricate layers of ink, watercolor, and colored pencil on rag paper. Every line is purposeful, each element is symbolic. With some pieces, she includes elements of collage, mingling worldly bits of paper with ethereal subjects to create another point of connection for her viewer.

She says, “My work is a living prayer, an alchemy of timelessness and mystic truths, a visual chant, an imagery of song.” Dorothy’s work has won many awards and appeared in distinguished exhibits.

She was the Artist in Residence during April, May, and June 2018. 

To learn more about Dorothy Bury Shaw and to see more of her work, visit her website.