I paint out of want and need. When people ask me why I paint I immediately respond, it’s about connection.
It’s a bridge to the common ground I share with others and a direct connection to myself. Perhaps this is what all is art is.
My work is about moments, familiar bits and pieces that combine in different ways and make up a life.
I don’t know when I start a piece which moment I will zero in on.
Over the past few years I have worked on a series around swimmers, pools and water.
The swimmers plunge into or emerge out of the water, like the constantly changing moments in any given day; the effort to swim up and out and to breathe. Sometimes they are anonymous figures clustered or alone. At other time there are faces that tell a story. These figures and portraits are about entropy and the history they hold. Mixed in are images of home and structure. Again, a reflection of entropy and survival. Despite what life has imposed on them they stand strong.
Dobee holds a BA in Intellectual History/Feminist Studies from Kirkland College and a BFA in Printmaking /Painting from the Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine. She has participated in several residencies including at the Vermont Studio School and Penland Art Center. She has shown extensively in various venues including galleries, museums, group collaborations and solo exhibits and is part of several private collections in the US and abroad. She is currently represented by SHOH Gallery, Berkeley, CA and Mary Praytor Gallery, Greenville, SC.
Dobee is currently working as a Mixed media artist, making time whenever possible to create. She has lived in the Bay area for over 25 years. Prior to that she lived in Santa Fe and various and sundry places east of the Rockies, including Maine, NY, Washington DC and New Jersey.