I am a symbolist, as the objects I choose to paint have engaged a visceral and emotional connection to me. As if writing in a diary, my paintings are visual translations of memories, reminders and messages to myself. They are re-creations of a moment of perception, an emotional encounter or a simple daily event that startles me into the “here and now”. They document the stories that I tell myself.
Painting gives me the opportunity to be present, to listen, to perceive. The process exposes thoughts and emotions that deserve recognition and resolution. This allows for me, acceptance, transition and growth.
My hopes as an artist is for viewers is to pause for moments of curiosity of my intent, and with this pause, the moment is recognized as one of reflection.
Dorothea Cheney was born in Orlando, Florida and received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of South Florida, Tampa. Her work has been exhibited nationally including solo shows in Seattle, WA at the Woodside/Braseth Gallery, Butters Gallery in Portland, Oregon and the Sandy Carson Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States including Raytheon in Los Angeles, Wells Fargo and AT&T in Denver, Piper Jaffray, in Minneapolis Minnesota. She currently lives and works in Ketchum, Idaho.