Prosopis glandulosa
Post Mortem, Mesquite After Death

© 2013 Dorothy DePaulo
Colored Pencil on Drafting Film

While hiking in Sabino Canyon early this spring, I was regretting that my trip to the desert was a week or so too early to see the cacti in bloom. When I saw the shapes and more subtle colors of this dead mesquite, however, my disappointment vanished. I knew this was something I had to paint.

Artist's Biography
Art is my passion. There is nothing that makes me more at peace with the world than sitting at my drawing board and transferring the vision in my head to an illustration on paper. Creating art is the one thing that I want to spend the rest of my life doing. Though I’ve worked in many different media, I am now primarily working in colored pencil on drafting film. I love doing botanical drawings and realistic portraits, but I also love doing (not so realistic) illustrations for children’s books.

In the 1980’s I attended the Colorado Instituted of Art where I majored in graphic design. Since that time, I’ve taken many classes and workshops in the Rocky Mountain area. It wasn’t until I retired from a nursing career, however, that I’ve been able to pursue my artistic passion full time.

I have taught drawing classes at Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado and I’m currently teaching a series of workshops at Lakewood Arts Council in Lakewood, Colorado. I have taught workshops in “Colored Pencil on Drafting Film” to Colored Pencil Society of America chapters in several cities around the country. Volunteering for the Denver Community Resources program, I mentor fifth grade students who are interested in pursuing art as a career.

I’m currently president of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists, and I’m an active member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. My work has been widely exhibited in Colorado and in several national and international exhibitions