My statement for many years has been "There is beauty even in a thorn. Beauty is everywhere. I love light, shadow, movement, and color. I find newness every day, and I love to be outside when I produce my artwork. Nature has been good to me for there is where I find my most beautiful subjects. I feel more passionate everyday about the earth, its beauty, and our responsibility to protect it.”
International artist and curator Dorothy Krakauer was born on the Indian Nations Reservations at Columbia Falls, Montana. Her unique background instilled in her an extensive knowledge and great love of nature, which she has come to express through her artwork. Each rendition, whether in pencil, oils, pastels or watercolors is characterized by personal experience with her subject. Intimacy and movement are achieved by careful brush and pencil strokes, color choice and diverse reflection of light. Her technique enables her to portray the individual character of each subject. Her photographs reflect this same intimacy and are often thought to be paintings.
Dorothy has been active as an artist and curator with New York City galleries and art organizations for the past eighteen years, including RIO II Gallery; JMC Art Gallery; Montserrat Gallery; Spanish Benevolent Society; Fountain House Gallery; Paul Cabezas Art Gallery; Ensemble 212; Hell’s Kitchen Artist Guild; International Women Artists’ Salon; Jadite Galleries; Art for Healing Gallery NYC; NOHO BID Artwalk; and the Gabriela Mistral Foundation; among others. Dorothy is a co-founder of Fountain House Gallery, New York City, where she served as curator for the Fountain Gallery Annual Celebration of Life Benefit for several years, and continues to serve as a member of the Steering Committee.
During the years 1973-1975 while living in Izmir, Turkey, Dorothy created an original oil painting of Saint Francis of Assisi in the sanctuary of the then 101-year-old Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist. The painting was designated a National Art Treasure of Turkey. Dorothy was also responsible for the renovation of the sanctuary, including the cleaning and repair of five other oil paintings, the walls and chandeliers. She repaired and restored frescoes in the seventeenth century Church of Saint Polycarp in Izmir, and did photography for books on Turkish embroidery and the old gates of Bornova, near Izmir.
Her awards include Third Place NOHO NY 2013 Photo Competition; Featured Artist, ArtistsintheKitchen Open Studio Tour, Hell’s Kitchen New York 2013; Honoree, the International Women Artists’ Salon, New York City 2009; recipient of the 2008 World of Best Art Visionary/Innovator Achievement Award, New York and Worldwide presented by Sorrell Publishing Company; Second Place, Angel Orensanz Fourth International Artists Award New York, Paris and Venice 2004; the NATO Award for Women for Outstanding Leadership and the Christian Community Award for Leadership in Izmir, Turkey 1975; Second Place 1974 International Arts and Crafts Exhibit, Kordon Hotel, Izmir, Turkey; and was twice honored by Emperor Hirohito of Japan for her work in the international community while living in Tokyo from 1965-1968.
Her artwork appears in publications including ARTNews Summer 2014; Studio & Gallery Summer 2014; Arte News Publishing Magazine, New York, London and Spain; Talent in Motion Magazine, New York; The Edge, Hell’s Kitchen New York City; Fresh View, Art for Healing Gallery, New York; and on numerous websites.
She studied photography design and printing at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and Art for Healing Gallery in New York City. While living in Tokyo, Dorothy studied oil painting with Shunjiro Nakamura, a Japanese Living National Treasure. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and studied drawing and painting at Massachusetts College of Art.
She has taught oil painting, photomontage to children of personal need, personal growth and fashion modeling, English as a second language, and classes on Asian and Near Eastern culture. Dorothy has presented lectures on Life as a Woman Artist, and has been a guest speaker at SoHo Photo Gallery, New York, and at Career Counseling Seminars for university students. Her artwork has been exhibited in Japan, Turkey, Europe, Colombia, and the United States, including solo exhibits in the greater Metropolitan Boston area; Playa del Ingles de Gran Canaria; New York City; and numerous group exhibits. Her artwork hangs in private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Turkey, South and Central America.