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Dot Courson



Dot, a native of Mississippi, cannot remember a time when she did not paint. In 2004 she left a career as a nurse administrator and educator to paint full-time. Since then she has studied with several professional artists of note, including William Kalwick, David Leffel, Ray Roberts, Roger Dale Brown, Robert Johnson and Kim English. From 1998 to 2004 she studied with Billy Kirk, an artist from Corinth.


Although she has traveled from coast to coast painting and photographing scenery for paintings, she prefers the familiar and rural landscapes of Mississippi. On a chance visit to the location where Andrew Wyeth painted Christina’s World, she serendipitously met him. During their conversation she was singularly impressed that he considered his work a record of the “simple, common things integral to his life.” She considers her paintings also to be a record of the simple, common, beloved places and scenery integral to her life in Mississippi. 


In some of her paintings, Dot executes a point of focus with tight, almost photographic detail, which loosens to broad strokes at the foreground, directing point-of-view within the composition. Or the reverse may occur, with detail in the foreground loosening to the horizon. She is capable of a tightly-rendered, perfectly-developed snap-shot-like scene; or a still-life brought to full-bodied volume in chiaroscuro style; or a winsome impressionism evoking Monet.


Her paintings have won many awards. Her accomplishments in 2008 are notable. She and her artist daughter were selected to represent Mississippi’s art and artists at the media reception at the Oxford Convention Center prior to the 2008 Presidential Debate. She won the Tennessee Art League Members Award at the Central South National Exhibition. She took first place in the Paint-the-Town exhibit in Tupelo. And she was included in Landscape Artists International. Dot’s art work is held in private and corporate collections throughout the United States.


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