Artist Dorothy Bury Shaw uses her artwork to take the viewer on a spiritual journey. Enjoy, and visit her website to see more of her portfolio.
Born and raised in Chicago, I graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Art for my formal training. These days I reside in the western Chicago metropolis. In the early years of my career, I taught art to children and freelanced in illustration. My professions since then have always been creative, but recently I made a life-changing return to my own art, full time.
My heart swells with gratitude and amazement in seeing how every person I’ve met, every job I’ve had, and every place I’ve lived has each contributed to the art I am creating today. I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I read a great deal, have a horse, travel a bit, enjoy nature and embrace life. My inner thought life and spirituality are incredibly rich.
I create hand colored ink drawings with intricate detail. Every piece has a message. There are symbols and subtleties that engage both mind and spirit. When I am told my work leads a viewer inward it tells me I’ve succeeded. My desire is to touch others, soul to soul.
I begin with a hazy but compelling concept followed by a mental visualization, and sometimes a story to tell. Then comes the line drawing that is incredibly time consuming, sometimes taking over 100 hours for this step alone. Then I add color which expands my message.
My most recent work has explored transformation of the human spirit, freedom from fear, the breadth of a mother’s love, the call to live life in service to others, and the power of prayer. While this all may sound quite intense, I also create pieces for the sheer fun in it.
My art seeks to take us closer to full realization of how wondrous, powerful and delightfully complex we are. Art is my calling, my job is to share it.
This year I will participate in art shows throughout the Chicago area. I love the idea of being on the street, among the people. I want my art to be accessible and approachable.
Mindful of this, I have begun to sell giclee prints of my work along with the originals. There has been a lot of interest in note cards of certain pieces so these will be offered as well.
An exciting journey is unfolding, and I am very grateful to Artsy Shark for seeing something worth sharing in what I do.