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Dorethey Gorham

Dorethey Gorham folk artistDorethey Gorham was born August 2, 1949, in Ft. Hood, Texas and passed away December 21, 2021 in Wiggins, CO.

Throughout her life, Dorethey had been artistically inclined and loved to draw, crochet and cross-stitch. This she even managed to do while raising a family. Arthritis eventually forced Dorethey to give up her detailed handwork and in 1995, after seeing a magazine article about folk art she was inspired to try her hand at painting. The rest, as they say, is history.  Her work quickly gained a large following and became highly sought after in the southeast as well as across the country.

As a deeply religious person, Dorethey expressed in her work, her love of family, friends, and place.  She enjoyed communicating serious statements but liked combining them with great humor and visual detail. Her colorful landscapes present panoramas and vistas of community life and spiritual realms that are alive with activity and joy. In her interior scenes, we see intimate glimpses of family life, which often relate the importance of children as its center. In both venues, the viewer can sense Dorethey’s belief in the absolute connection between man/woman and God in even the most basic aspects of everyday life.

Joy is evident in her work. The bold colors and attention to detail spill out of the paintings and on to the frames. The simplicity of a flat painting style lends itself to an expression of controlled exuberance and applied design. From angels circling above to pigs with fluffy white wings, the sublime to the ridiculous, Dorethey’s work speaks volumes about living and enjoying life.

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