The Fanciful Fantasy of Artist Dorothy Drum
by Kimberly Renate
ďMy paintings are always an
emotional response to their subject matter - the beauty of
a flower, the vastness of open country, the loneliness of
a deserted†††† building.Ē
Award-winning Dorothy Drum
has many credits to her name - artist, designer, and instructor.
Born in Philadelphia, ďmy
parents used to say that I was born with a pencil in my hand,Ē
she said. There was never enough paper around the house for
little Dorothy as she was growing up. She drew fervently.
Even at the age of 6, this prolific prodigy created several
Drumís talents did not go
unnoticed. Two of her art teachers recognized her extraordinary
talents and took her under their wings. At graduation, Drum
received a four-year scholarship to the prestigious Philadelphia
Art Museumís School of Art.
Now a graduate of one the
finest art schools in the country, Drum fell in love. Her
husband and children came first, but Drum was passionate about
art and did not waste her god-given††
talent. For the next 15 years, she worked as a freelance
artist,†† selling her
work and designs to more than 30 different companies. Her
concepts and creations were admired all over the world.
Drum reached a point in her
life when she felt it was time to step out into the world
in a big way. She mustered up the courage and resources to
open her own art gallery in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her
gallery flourished for the next six years, but one bitterly
cold and nasty winter, Drum and her family decided that they
would move to Florida. There, she taught watercolor for 14
years at the renowned Hilton Leech Studio in Sarasota.
Drum glows with talent and
energy. She was voted the first President of the Florida Suncoast
Watercolor Society. She also served on the boards of the Sarasota
Art Association and the Venice Art League. That would be enough
for most, but not for this dynamo. She was also a member of
the Florida Watercolor Society, the Mid-West Watercolor Society
and the National League of American Pen Women.
One year, Drum joined a group
of artists and photographers on a trip to the American Southwest.
Here, she fell in love with our vast majestic scenery, abundant
natural wonders and indigenous American Indian culture. The
Drums decided to build a home in Taos, New Mexico. They worked
with the Bureau of Land Management and the University of Arizona,
investigating artifacts on deserted pueblos unknown to the
All the while, Drumís work
was being shown in galleries throughout the Southwest and
receiving rave reviews. The Drums moved to California and
there, Drumís artistic style went through a dramatic†††
metamorphosis. She started using vibrant, brilliant
colored inks to††† create non-representational paintings. She shared this new style
with her fellow artists by organizing and teaching her technique
at the Oceanside Museum School of Art.
Drum and her husband are now
happily settled in Sedona. This November, she will be teaching
a workshop at the Sedona Arts Center and she is scheduled
to demonstrate her technique on October 10 and 26, at the
Center for the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society, with a
workshop in January 2002.
Drum has won 52 awards for
her work in both local and national shows. She has sold more
than 1,500 paintings, which she considers a great compliment.
ďI have made all those people
happy with something I have had great joy in creating. I canít
count how many of my greeting cards and prints have sold.
I have been blessed with my talent and have left my small
mark on the world by leaving some beauty behind me,Ē she said.
Dorothy Drumís work is an
absolute must see and is now on display seven days a week
at The ARTeri Antique & Art Mall, 10 Bell Rock Plaza,
Village of Oak Creek. You may call The ARTeri at 284-2555
for more information.