A loyalty to pastels developed slowly but became a complete passion when Dorothy began working on location. She says that, "when your childhood is spent hiking mountains, exploring caves, ghost towns, border towns and working on a ranch; it is not much of a leap to work en plein air."
Ms Gardiner is an instructor of pastels en plein air at Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin. She has also demonstrated her plein air pastel painting techniques at the Museum of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg and The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota.
Dorothy earned a BS in Communications and Theatre from Temple University. She has since studied with some of the best landscape painters in the USA. She first studied with Deborah Paris, then Ken McIndoe, Lorenzo Chavez, Albert Handell and Doug Dawson.
Exhibits: "Revealing the Land", Octagon Arts Ctr, Clearwater FL / J. Harrison Smith Fine Art Gallery, Clearwater FL / Artist's Way, Dunedin FL / Nature of Art Gallery, Pass-a-Grille FL / Cedar Key Art Center, Cedar Key FL / Beach Art Center, Indian Rocks Beach FL / City Hall Art Gallery, Brooksville FL / Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin FL / T.W. Curtis Gallery, Saint Petersburg FL / Plein Air Invitational, Sunken Gardens, Saint Petersburg FL / Safety Harbor Resort, Safety Harbor FL / Phillips Mill, New Hope PA / Golden Door Gallery, New Hope PA / Studio 1212, Clearwater FL / Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Tampa FL / Lyn Hackworth Gallery, Clearwater FL / Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham PA / Abington Art Guild, Abington PA / "In Light of Monet", Alla Prima Fine Art, Saint Petersburg FL / "Revealing the Land", Octagon Arts Center, Clearwater FL / Bucks County Medical Associates, Newtown PA / Plein Air New Mexico Gallery, Benalillo NM / "Summa & Magna Show", Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin FL / "South by Southwest", L.I.W. Cargo Gallery, Manitou Springs CO / "The Salon Show", St.Francis College, Brooklyn NY / "Cultural Exchange", Beilun Museum of Fine Art, Beilun China / "IMAGO", Trailside Gallery, Dunedin FL / Angler Art Gallery, Denver CO / Gallery Rhumba, Clearwater FL / "Landscape Miniatures", Gallery 821, Denver CO / "Nomades del Arte", Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe NM / "Member Show", Octagon Arts Center, Clearwater FL / "Landscapes & Life Models", Osceola Gallery-Main Library, Clearwater FL / "Members Show", Octagon Art Ctr, Clearwater FL / "PAVA Group Show", Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs FL, Honorable Mention for "Storm Gazing" / Pleiades Gallery, New York City, NY / Octagon Arts Center, Clearwater FL / Artists Alley, San Francisco CA / "Invitational", Pleiades Gallery, New York City, NY
Invitationals: "Plein Air Painting", Sunken Gardens, Saint Petersburg FL / "International Garden & Floral Show", EPCOT-Disney World, Lake Buena Vista FL / "Concorso Rapido", Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin FL / "Paint the Town", Alla Prima Fine Art, Saint Petersburg FL / "Painting Historic Manitou & Pikes Peak", L.I.W. Cargo Gallery, Manitou Springs CO / "Artists in the Garden", EPCOT, Lake Buena Vista FL / "Bartram Trail", Switzerland FL / EPCOT-Disney World 2012, Lake Buena Vista FL / "Publishers", Paul Smiths NY / "Paintout", Saranac Lake NY
Workshops: Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin FL / Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Petersburg FL / Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge CO / Yosemite National Park CA / Brooker Creek, Clearwater FL / "Plein Air", Camp Bayou Ctr, Ruskin FL / "Plein Air Demo", Museum of Fine Arts, St.Petersburg FL / Aug "Pastels" Cody Country Art League, Cody WY / "Pastels" Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge CO
Associations: Plein Air Florida / Tampa Bay Plein Air Painters / Plein Air New Mexico / Plein Air Artists of Colorado / National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters / Professional Association of Visual Artists