Dot Courson is a full-time professional artist and is in collections all over the United States and abroad. From her Hidden Creek Studio in Pontotoc, Mississippi she paints, teaches, and provides workshops to other artists who attend from all over the US. Combining her love for the land with her passion to nurture, Dot's representational impressionist paintings do not show hard lines and edges and generally avoid strong shocking colors. She loves softness and tones – and meditative moods. Dot likes to paint a sense of place and time, joy, hope and a feeling of security into her paintings. Dot does not try to paint to match sofas or antique rugs- because she wants her work to be more than that.
"I am told that there is a nurturing feel to all my paintings. I hope my art brings what I feel inside to the subjects that I paint. The tonal nature gives the impression of the air and light around my subject. I’m influenced by a wide range of artists: from Andrew Wyeth, Edgar Payne, Sargent, Zorn, to the French Barbizon painters of the 19th century, who painted the 'common man'. My hope is to bring dignity to my subjects, and to lift the simple into a thing of beauty. I want all my paintings to be healing images that show the hope, passion, love and grace of the Maker- all in the way I am blessed to see and express them."
She is a graduate of Northeast MS Community College (AA), Mississippi University for Women (BS), and the University of Alabama in Birmingham where she received a dual Masters in Nursing / Health Systems Administration. She’s painted all her life and considered herself self-taught until she began studying with numerous contemporary American painting masters. She has been featured in numerous “One Woman Shows“ and her work sales have set records. In 2010 she taught sold-out workshops in MS, Alabama and Tennessee and was selected to be a part the American Women Artists National Exhibition that was exhibited in the Southwest Gallery in Dallas, TX. She has been a featured speaker, and is in private collections in Museums and Galleries all over the South.
She has been in numerous “one-woman shows” yearly and in 2010 was excited to be invited to do a show entitled, Plein Air and Plain Studio at East MS Community College where she taught “plein air painting” (painting outside) to the art students there. Featured in the solo show were her plein air works and the Palmer Home for Children Paintings. Dot was raised in foster homes much of her childhood, and these paintings she is doing are to raise awareness of Palmer Home, and funds for the home as she depicts the children in the archived photos of the home’s hundred year history. Dot has a connection to the home, as one set of her former foster parents were house-parents for a time at the orphanage.
Her award-winning representational Southern landscapes and portraits are in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally. A large 4 ft.x 9 ft. triptych of the Natchez Trace Parkway was on loan to Haley Barbour, Governor of MS, while in office and hung prominently in the entry of the Governor’s office in the Walter Siller’s Building of the state capital. Her work has been featured in Mississippi Magazine and numerous newspapers and other publications in the Southeastern United States.