Dorothy Duke


Dorothy Duke is known for painting peaceful beach scenes and lyrical impressions that invite contemplation and evoke memories. One private collector described Duke’s work as “how I feel when I am at the beach, and no one is bothering me.”


A Richmond, Virginia artist, she paints for her own enjoyment and relaxation at Virginia Beach, Hilton Head Island, and varied locations throughout Europe and the Caribbean. She prefers to begin and finish a painting on location in the plein air tradition; she returns to the comfort of her studio to finish some works.


Dorothy Duke holds a Bachelor of Arts in secondary art education. She has studied under renowned artists Zoltan Szabo, Kim English, Ann Templeton, Bill Hosner, and Pat Weaver. Duke says, “The years of study and teaching art at the high school level are a part of me and allow me to just enjoy the process of painting in oils, watercolors, and pastels.”


Duke’s marine paintings of coastal Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Caribbean tropical waters capture the rhythm and feeling of the ocean areas in rich vibrant colors. These coastal paintings are luminous and full of the peace and tranquility often missing in today’s world.



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