Oil on board; 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". This scene is the Sierra Nevada mountain range west of the Rocky Mountains in California. It is a view of Half Dome, one of the landmark formations in Yosemite National Park, from the valley floor. Dorothy and her husband homesteaded in Wyoming in 1913. In 1925, she painted an historical painting of Casper as it appeared in 1912, which was purchased by the governor of Wyoming. As the Great Depression began, Dorothy started painting anything that would sell: mountain landscapes, cabins, ranch buildings, horses, cattle, sheep and sheep wagons. She was able to earn cash for her paintings, but she also frequently traded for tires, gas, and groceries. Her first big commission came when Mr. F. J. Haynes approached her and commissioned paintings for his store in Yellowstone Park. During the next two years, Dorothy painted 1,465 paintings for him to be sold at the Park’s concession stores. In the early 1930s, she took to the road in search of fresh subject matter, traveling and camping around the country and covering most of the lower 48 states, Alaska, and much of Canada. Dorothy spent her final years in Post Falls, Idaho, where she could be closer to her sons, but continued to enjoy an active lifestyle until her death in 1979 at the age of 94.
PERIOD: Last half 20th Century
ORIGIN: Casper, WY
SIZE: 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" Frame 7" x 9"