|DOROTHY SPANGLER - BIOGRAPHY
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dorothy Spangler has spent almost her entire life in northern California. It's abundance and variety of natural beauty instill her an innate love of color and light. After graduating from the College of San Mateo with an art major, she studied for several years under the distinguished California plein air painter, William Ward of Los Altos, California. Later she was accepted for study under the master painter, Henry Hensche at Cape Cod's oldest art academy, the Cape Cod School of Art. Under his disciplined and demanding tutelage, she learned the secret of painting sunlight, which so illuminates her paintings.
In her quest for new subject, Dorothy Spangler has made frequent pilgrimages throughout Europe. Especially, she has been drawn to Paris, Southern France, the French Riviera and Northern Italy, as well as the Italian Riviera. The abundance of light and color found in these areas that have drawn so many French Impressionists to them, provide her with a limitless wealth of opportunities to produce canvases aglow with her radiant signature of light and color.
Thirty-four one woman shows attest to her popularity, including shows on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Palm Desert, Newport Beach, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Union Square in San Francisco, New Orleans, Barbizon, Fance; and Costa Mesa, California. She has exhibited for 25 years at New Masters Gallery in Carmel, and was the premiere artist under an exclusive contract for 11 years at the Union Square Galleries in the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco until the owner retired.
Dorothy Spangler and her husband Charles, are one of the first Amerians to join the Musee La Grenouillere, which is dedicated to restoring the resort on the Seine at Croissy-sur-Seine, considered the birthplace of French Impressionism. Here, Monet and Renoir, using seemingly erratic brush strokes, reproduced the sparkle of sunlight on the water. This same location inspired her to paint the exact spot where the two Impressionists stood side by side to paint their series of the "Frog Pond" and it's resort which was immortalized in the novels of Maupassant, who was well acquainted with this ginguette.
The artist and her husband have visited Giverny and Monet's Garden five times and toured the majority of the locations where the Impressionists lived and painted. Their last trip included Pont Aven and le Pouldu where Gaugin retreated to from Paris, the Fournaise Restaurant on the Ile des Imperessionistes where Renoir painted his great masterpiece, The Luncheon of the Boating Party, and the former site of La Grenouillere. The reception of the artist's paintings of these locations proved the continuing popularity of the Impressionists and the importance of their impact on modern painting.
Drawn to the beauty, clarity of atmosphere and light of the Carson Valley, Dorothy Spangler and her husband moved from Los Altos, California to Minden, Nevada. Having won honors for her historical pieces, the artist continues to make new discoveries in painting the rural scenes of the valley with the grandeur of its limitless vistas, its pastoral beauty, scattered farms and historic barns of great rustic character - all part of the expansive variety of subjects that continue to keep her new discoveries exciting.
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