Dorothy Field

Plenty Valley Arts

My Story

I have been painting and drawing as a hobby for as long as I can remember. At age fourteen I became a foundation member of The Heidelberg Artists Society and learned to paint in oils with the wonderful artist Ernest Salter. 

In later years watercolour has been my main focus. It is a very exciting and often unpredictable medium. I love the glazes, the textures and the ‘accidental’ blends of colour that can be achieved with this medium. While acquiring initial watercolour techniques I spent time studying with John Orlando Birt and David Taylor.

The artists that currently inspire my work are international watercolourists Anne Blockley and Shirley Trevena.



Permanent ink and watercolour have featured extensively in my paintings of native flora. I am currently very much absorbed with combining flowing watercolour and water soluable ink. I love to experiment with runs and blends in order to achieve a desired mood in a painting.

My particular subject interests are Australian native flora, native birds, atmospheric landscapes and animals.

As well as exhibiting within the group I have held several successful solo exhibitions, including one at The Eltham Library Gallery.

I currently teach watercolour at Camberwell Community Centre.



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