The artistic philosophy of Dorsey McHugh lies in her favorite quote: “Look to the light and the shadows will fall behind.”
Dorsey McHugh’s bright and reassuring paintings feel like coming home. Her art is an expression of faith that there is always light even in the darkest of situations.
Dorsey’s longings for a harmonious world in which nature and mankind are in gentle balance are reflected in her acrylics with colors of joyous yellows, blues, reds and greens. Dorsey’s homes and villages seem to grow in a compliance with nature. She gives us a refuge of peace, calm and the love between man and nature for which so many long.
As Dorsey continues to explore painting, she has created her own technique. She says, “Pure bright colors can be vibrant and dramatic. They may be beautiful to look at, but tiring to the eye. Complementary colors are restful to the eye. They are easy to live with. Nature mixes complementary colors. For instance, if you look closely, green grass has a lot of red in it.” Dorsey mixes her own colors, adapting her palette to a technique she created intuitively. What will eventually be a blue sky might start out as bright orange. As she layers different shades of paint with her palette knife, her trademark warmth comes out, and the painting is brilliant without being overpowering.
A native of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Dorsey McHugh currently resides in Tennessee.
Robert Paul Galleries is proud to show the works of American artist Dorsey McHugh.