As part of the Art in Public Places, artist Dorothy Starbuck will display her work at the Coastal Branch Library for the month of January.


Dorothy Starbuck was born in Miami where she developed a passion for painting the natural beauty of her beloved tropical state. She now resides in Point Washington near the dunes and beaches of the gulf.


At the age of 6, she was bedridden for a year. Unable to do much of anything else, she entertained herself with books and drawing. When the time came to finally get up and go outside in nature again, it was pure joy. Even though she loved art and drawing as a child, it was not until the age of 30 that she started painting. She took an oil painting class and has been painting off and on ever since, taking classes and attending workshops along the way. One of her favorite teachers was Graham Ingles, renowned illustrator and historical painter, who helped her bring life and depth to her paintings.


Starbuck also attended classes at the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center in North Miami with instructor Dave Herbert. In 1978 she began participating in small art festivals, then more prestigious festivals, Coconut Grove and Winter Park. For 20 years she taught classes and gave workshops and demonstrations. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the state of Florida in addition to the Cannon House Office Building in Washington D.C. The United States Air Force commissioned Starbuck to do a painting commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Camp Pinchot” at Eglin Air Force Base, which is now a permanent collection there.


In Starbuck’s frequent trips throughout Florida, she searches for remote, undisturbed areas that provide inspiration for her paintings. Her hope is that her paintings preserve a moment in time that is transitory and fragile, evoking cherished memories with the viewer and an appreciation of Florida’s disappearing natural beauty.


She is a member of the Cultural Arts Alliance, Women’s Art Network and Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters of Walton County. In November 2019, Starbuck won two first place awards at the Grand Lagoon Plein Air Quick Draw Art Festival and the Paint Out. One of her paintings is featured in the Risner Fine Art Collection, which is being exhibited in the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee through August 2020.