Aug 11 2010

Weston – Dorothy

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Dorothy was born in Cootamundra in 1923. Her first years were spent in Brawlin and Coolac until her family moved to Bookham in 1937. During World War II, Dorothy was employed as a postal Assistant at the Binalong Post Office. She married Allan Weston in 1945 and lived in Bookham on a property, “Wylandra “which they ran as a successful merino stud. The surroundings of their property were beautiful and they had a full and satisfying life on the land until Allan’s ill health forced them to move to Yass in 1999. Both found it hard to settle down to town life away from the bush. Sadly, Allan lost his life in a tragic traffic accident eight months later.

Untitled 1Dorothy had always been interested in art. When she was young, she would take a pencil to paper and draw flowers, houses and faces with enthusiasm. When she was twelve years of age, Dorothy exhibited a pencil sketch of “An Old pair of Boots” at the Yass Show and won First Prize. Of the few art works Dorothy has been brave enough to enter into shows, this has been her only win to date though she has received many Highly Commended awards.

Once married and busy working along side her husband and raising their son Ashley, Dorothy’s creative outlet was her garden, which she loved and today still strives to create the garden of her dreams. Both dressmaking and cooking were also her creative outlets at this time but she did manage to study pottery, floristry and oil painting for short periods. Photography too became a passion because of the many trips around Australia which allowed Dorothy to capture the outback images on film and have inspired her to paint many of these landscapes later at home. Dorothy also has had an interest in writing and spent several years compiling her family history and publishing “My Pioneers and Descendents”.

Untitled 2In her eightieth year – 2003 – an opportunity arose to explore the beauty of soft pastels with world-renowned pastellist, Amanda McLean. Getting to know Amanda, and with her expertise and helping hand, Dorothy has become an accomplished pastellist in her own right and has pushed herself to previously imagined limits. She finds art exciting and the work she produces astounds her. Dorothy enjoys the hours shared with friends exploring the medium of pastels, painting landscapes in pastels of her beloved country, Australia.

In August Dorothy won 1st prize in the rural section of the Cootmundra Art Show and in November her work will feature in a solo exhibition at the Anthony Rose Gallery, Yass, during the 2010 YASSarts ‘Art Trail’ weekend.