Deborah Worthington Dorsey
Peace in the Forest
Peace in the Forest
Oil on linen 30" X 40"

Although Dorsey paints figure works only in the oil medium,

her landscapes are in oil ...and watercolor

Sevier River
Sevier River
Watercolor on paper 22" X 30"
country walk
Country Walk
Oil on linen 28" X 38"
Private Collection

Dorsey’s landscape paintings create a mood; they are not mere descriptions of topography.  They describe weather, season

…and the time of day. This painting depicts early morning in a park in Rome, when the sun is just rising. And what better medium to capture the sparkle of morning sun sifting through foliage than watercolor.

Early Morning
Early Morning in a Park
Watercolor on paper 26" X 36"
PrivateCollection
Sunrise
Sunrise
Oil on Linen 34" X 46"

Dorsey believes that a view of nature, to become a work of art on a piece of canvas or paper, needs to be organized by the artist into a strong composition. In this painting of a lake in New York State, there is a vivid contrast of colors and some emphatic horizontals and diagonals, all of which help to hold the elements of the painting together.

Whenever possible, Dorsey paints on location. While painting outside the artist observes the constant changes in the scene.  Patches of light and shade come and go as clouds move across the sky; the pale citron color of the lake turns to green and blue and violet as early morning progresses toward noon. The artist adjusts colors on the canvas.  Then people, even animals, show up and the artist decides to sketch them into the painting. If the artist is aware of the vitality inherent in nature, her art will never be rigid but full of life.

The Island
The Island
Oil on linen 30" X 40"
Private Collection
Landscape with Fox
Landscape with Fox
Watercolor 22" X 30"
October Patterns
Time Out
Watercolor 22" X 30"
heron in a river
Heron in a River
Watercolor 22" X 30"
field with a view
Field with a View
Oil on canvas 20" X 26"
riders at sunset
Riders at Sunset
Oil on linen 25" X 36"
western sunset
Western Sunset
Oil on linen 26" X 36"
The Angler
The Angler
Oil on Linen 26" X 36"