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Dorothy Chan was born in Hong Kong, of parents who were originally from Canton province in China. In her youth, she studied piano in Hong Kong and London, and then developed her artistic skill to painting. Dorothy studied the ancient history of traditional painting with the esteemed Professor Shao-an Chao, in Hong Kong. Professor Chao was a proponent of the Lingnan School of Art. This artistic movement took traditional painting many steps further by focusing more on the art of brush strokes and introducing the concept of expressionism into contemporary Chinese painting. Upon moving to the United States with her husband and children, Dorothy also earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Rochester, with a focus on painting and sculpture. She incorporates her knowledge of traditional Chinese painting with her Western education of studio arts. Her work has a sense of lyricism and poeticism, influenced by her extensive studies in music and piano.

Dorothy resides in Charlottesville, VA with her husband Donald. Their two daughters are married and living in San Francisco, CA.


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Dorothy practices a type of "freestyle" painting, or "painting without bones", since no outline or sketch is used to guide the paint. This technique brings out the spontaneous nature of brushwork. Brushes play an important part in Chinese painting. The Chinese brush was invented over 2000 years ago during the Ch'in Dynasty. Brushes are made by hand, and can be made of sable, fox, wolf, horse, goat, or lamb hair. Soft lambs wool brushes are used for flower petals and fish; horse hair brushes to produce strong brush strokes seen in the windswept branches and wings of birds; fox hair brushes to create delicate, more controlled strokes for flowers and insects.

Most of Dorothy's paintings are painted on rice paper with watercolor and Chinese black ink stick and Chinese pigments. The chop, or seal, seen in red ink on each painting, is the typical signature of a Chinese artist. Dorothy's chop contains her Chinese name, Siu-Ling, which means "small and dainty". She also uses contemporary-styled rice papers that are made with rice husks to create more texture.

In Dorothy's work, nature's creatures delight in the company of each other and seem to dance around the surface. The communication seen among the birds and sea creatures give us a sense of playfulness and innocence. For Dorothy, painting is an extension of sight, an expression of the beauty of nature surrounding her - in her garden, throughout the lush landscape of Virginia, and within the limitless realm of her imagination.


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Dorothy S.L. Chan
emaildslchan@comcast.net

education

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, Rochester, NY, 1975-1979
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Studio Arts

LINGNAN SCHOOL OF ART, Hong Kong, 1963-1967
Studied Chinese Art with Professor Shao-an Chao

teaching

BONITA SPRINGS COMMUNITY CENTER, Bonita Springs, FL, 2003
3 day course in Chinese Brush Painting.

ROCHESTER MUSEUM AND SCIENCE CENTER, Rochester, NY, 1987-1992
Instructor of "Chinese Brush Painting." Conducted two to three sessions each academic year.
Taught basic techniques of Chinese brush painting with an emphasis on traditional subjects.

demonstrations

PCA CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION AT FS MALL, Charlottesville, Va. one day each year since 2001

PIEDMONT CHINESE ASSOCIATION NEW CELEBRATION AT FSM, Charlottesville, VA, 2001-2005 one day each year

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, VA, 1999

THE COLONNADES, Charlottesvile, VA, 1995

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, Rochester, NY, 1993

THE SLENDORS OF CHINA, Special Event, Midtown Plaza, Rochester, NY, 1992

ETHNIC FAIR, Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY, 1992

HONG KONG TRADE FAIR, Sponsored by B. Forman Co., Rochester, NY, 1991

exhibitions

CAFE HOT CAKES, Solo Exhbition, Charlottesville, Va. 2012

ART DE TRIOMPHE AT FARMINGTON COUNTRY CLUB, Charlottesville, Va. 2012

THE GROUNDBREAKERS SHOW AT BEVERLY STREET GALLERY, Staunton, Va. 2011

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA MAIN HOSPITAL LOBBY, Charlottesville, Va. 2010 Solo Exhibition

C’VILLE COFFEE THE STAGE CAFE, 2009

McGUFFEY ART CENTER, Charlottesville VA Watercolor Guild (CVWG) juried show 2007

McGUFFEY ART CENTER, CVWG juried show 2005

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, CANCER CENTER, Solo Exhibition 2005

McGUFFEY ART CENTER, CVWG juried show 2004

SUN TRUST BANK, Bonita Springs, FL, Solo Exhibition 2003

McGUFFEY ART CENTER, CVWG juried show 2003

SPRUCE CREEK GALLERY, Nellysford, VA 2003

CENTRAL VIRGINIA WATERCOLOR GUILD, juried show 2002

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA MEDICAL CENTER, Solo exhibition, Charlottesville, VA, 2002

SHENANDOAH VALLEY ART CENTER, Solo exhibition, Waynesboro, VA, 2002

CENTRAL VIRGINIA WATERCOLOR GUILD, juried show 2001

NEW DOMINION BOOK SHOP, Charlottesville, VA, 2001

WESTMINISTER CANTERBURY, Charlottesville, VA, 2000

McGUFFEY ART CENTER, Charlottesville, VA, 2000

ROCHESTER MUSEUM AND SCIENCE CENTER, 1994

GENESSEE REGION ORCHID SHOW, Rochester, NY, 1992

MIDTOWN TENNIS CLUB, Solo exhibition, Rochester, NY, 1992

MONROE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Rochester, NY, 1990

BROWNCROFT COMMUNITY CHURCH, Penfield, NY, 1989

MEMORIAL ART GALLERY, Clothesline Show, Rochester, NY, 1988

awards

GENESSEE REGION ORCHID SHOW, Rochester, NY

First and Second Place Awards for Painting, 1992

artistic interest

Contemporary and traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy;
Photography, Sculpture and Collage.

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