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Artist’s Profile – Betty Dorotik

2024 Studio Tour Cover Artist

Email: forbetty@me.com | Website: bettydorotik.com

“Worth the Wait” an original watercolor painting by Camano Island artist Betty Dorotik has been selected to grace the cover of the mailed First Look Trifold, our fantastic 40 Page Tour Brochure, and our Tour Poster! Mark your calendars, the tour runs Mother’s Day weekend, May 10th-12th & Encore weekend May 18th & 19th!

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About the artist…

Visitors will be pleased to learn that the artist’s South end island home and beautiful garden will be open for viewer’s enjoyment during this year’s tour. One of the most popular tour stops over the years, Betty’s return to open her home studio will be a promise kept, and “well worth the wait” to many of her clients and tour visitors.
 
The Black Capped Chickadees featured in the chosen painting are frequent visitors to the bird feeders, hanging around her Camano home and garden. One right outside her kitchen window allows her to watch Chickadees up close.  She attracts them with their favorite food, the sunflower seed.
 
Inspired by the nature surrounding her, Betty paints mostly in the winter, after her garden has been put to bed and days are short. She loves winter for that reason but also likes winter naps and staying home. Summers, she is busy in her garden almost daily or browsing nurseries with her garden club, checking out plant sales, bringing home one more must have plant.
Betty works in several mediums including Botanical Illustration, Colored Pencil, Pen and Ink, Acrylic and most often Watercolor. Recently she’s been adding fabric collaged to a painting that correlates with a bird.  She hasn’t sewn anything in a while but loves working with fabric again. It all happened by accident. She loves to tell the story.
A visit to a John James Audubon art exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum, many years ago, captured her heart and she decided then and there that she wanted to paint birds. Audubon’s exquisite works continue to inspire her work today and drives her desire to capture life like designs of nature’s feathered friends.
Betty’s watercolor palette is not limited. For this painting it may have included several different palettes in a slow and detailed 2 week process. Working a little each day, the painting came together with the last step being the background wash with a sprinkling of table salt to attain the desired texture. It was a fun one to paint.  She will be at Tour stop #3
More of her work can be seen on her website. www.bettydorotik.com.
Interview by CAA member, Melanie Serroels. Melanie is a 20+ year member of the CAA and the organization’s historian. Our thanks to Melanie for interviewing Betty about her work, inspiration, and process.