CountyAnne Arundel County
Artist StatementWhile I paint subjects other than abstracts, my abstracts have attracted the most interest in recent years. Of these, the ones I call my special abstracts always begin as a mystery to me. Painting with watercolor or pouring inks I initiate my “Mystical Abstracts”, attempting always to remain loose and free. Starting with shapes of vivid colors, I add layers of transparent or opaque water media until I feel something emerging, sometimes turning the paper to prevent becoming too attached to an image or idea at the outset. From this I impart rhythm, depth and soul into my paintings. Images appear, which I often enhance and orchestrate as the feeling within dictates. My inspiration arises from a personal belief that there is a “Goddess” within all women. I strive constantly to grow in touch with the one within myself and to let her express herself through my brush, and by so doing to, in turn, inspire her in other women. My goal is to have people who love and acquire my paintings to see and sense their own vision and feelings and have a connection. While they are inspired by the “Goddess”, both men and women seem to often feel a personal connection.
Doratés style reflects her exposure to many cultures. Born in Europe, she spent her early years in the Philippines and China, before returning to Europe after World War II. She studied art in Dusseldorf, Germany before becoming a citizen of the United States in 1960. These studies continued in America under such teachers as Barbara Nechis, Joan Heston, Frank Webb, Quida Canaday, Ethel Todd George and Joseph Perrin. The artist's style is distinguished by the wide range of media employed. Her style is one of exuberance and use of vivid colors. Recent years have seen the growth of a mystical style in many of her works. Whether the subject is an impressionistic landscape, a mystical image or a dramatic abstract, Doraté's paintings invariably project a rich feeling of well being. Noteworthy are dramatic abstracts, often with mystical overtones, characterized by brilliant colorization, as well as oils and watercolors featuring Italian scenes of antiquity, fountains and ancient architecture. Doraté’s paintings are on display in private homes and commercial establishments throughout the United States and in several European countries. She has received numerous awards, at Exhibitions presented by the following Art Societies: • National Watercolor Society • Georgia Watercolor Society • Roswell Art Festival • Salmagundi Club, NYC • Watercolor Art Society of Houston • Western Federation of Watercolor Societies • Southern Watercolor Society, Signature Member • Baltimore Watercolor Society, Signature Member • Greenwich Art Society • Atlanta Artist Club • Tapestry Show • Knickerbocker Art Club, NYC