Artist and Designer
Here you can see a few of the orginal artwork notecards Dorothy has created and sold, see a sample of her paintings, read a short bio, and "what's new" updates on recent activities.
Click here to read the article about Dorothy in the Anacortes American (Wednesday, April 25, 2007).
Dorothy Powell was born in 1921, at Camp Sherman, Ohio (a U.S. Army camp). Her father was a WWI veteran and her mother a housekeeper. Dorothy grew up and attended public schools in St. Louis and Kansas City, MO. When Dorothy was 16, the family moved to Los Angeles, California. On her very first day of high school in Los Angeles, she met another girl name Dorothy, and the two are still good friends, nearly seventy years later!
Dorothy's father died when she was just 16, and she then went to live with her older sister, Margaret, while her mother worked as a live-in housekeeper for a family. After graduating from high school, Dorothy went to business college, where she studied bookkeeping and accounting. Immediately after finishing business school, she got a job working as bookkeeper for Powell Manufacturing Company, a major manufacturer of motor scooters in Los Angeles. (During WWII, Powell Manufacturing was called upon to manufacture parts and equipment for the war effort.) Hayward Powell (co-owner of the business with his brother Channing) began courting Dorothy, which culminated in their marriage in 1945.
Dorothy and Hayward had three children, Linda, Alan and Brad. During this period, Dorothy studied photography and began working as a freelance photographer for the Sunday "Home and
Garden" magazine section of the Herald American Newspaper (which served seven different communities in Los Angeles). Dorothy was an active member of the American Begonia Society in Los Angeles, and was always active in the kids' scouting groups, Little League Baseball, and the like.
Now in Washington State, Dorothy began creating and selling notecards featuring her artwork and photographs of the region, which are popular with tourists visiting the area. She is an active member and past-president of Artists Northwest, an organization of professional and amateur artists in the Northwest Washington area. In 2011, at Dorothy's 90th birthday, Artists Northwest honored Dorothy with a lifetime membership.
Recently, she painted a watercolor of the local theatre building, which the theatre management saw in a gallery and immediately purchased. They then commissioned Dorothy to make notecards of the watercolor for their fundraising communications.
(they are also available iTunes, GoogleMusic, Spotify, Rhapsody, and all major online music providers):
|The CDs at the upper right are part of a series called "Watercolor Odyssey," featuring Dorothy's watercolors, and original music mixed with nature sounds.|
Faith Mountain musical selections:|
Sleepytime Special musical selections:|
Beatitude Bridge musical selections (all Candlelight Guitarist originals):|
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