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Dorothy Shain. Contemporary Artist based out of Greenville, South Carolina. Explore her work. 

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The Power of your Network

Dorothy Shain

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Since diving full force into my artistic career 3.5 years ago, there is one thing that I have learned that may trump all others things, there is so much power within your network. Your network plays such an integral role in propelling business or ideas forward. Your network is who supports you, spreads the word, and always has your back. Your network needs to be nourished and grown. The best part? Every single person comes from different places, backgrounds and experiences contributing to a dynamic and different network no one else in the world has. Remember that. Here are 5 ways to "nourish" your network, as Maria Brophy says in her book, no matter what field you are in.

  1. Write handwritten thank you notes
  2. In-person meetings are crucial for connection
  3. When you can't meet in person, make time to hop on the phone
  4. Connect the dots. Find something you have in common with someone else. A restaurant, a sports team, a person. Chances are, if the connection is made, the relationship will continue to develop. 
  5. Check in. Its up to you to stay in touch with your network! 

The further you cast your net, the more you will see positive results, growth and achievement. 

Art Collecting : 7 Artists to Know

Dorothy Shain

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I will never forget a summer during college that I spent in Taos, New Mexico studying art. The town was overflowing with talented cermanicists, jewelry makers and painters, all taking inspiration from the south west landscape. Touring a studio one day, I remember seeing a piece of art that spoke to me. The price tag was small (under $30) yet I walked away empty handed. I told my art professor exactly what I saw and what I did. At that moment, he gave me one of the most important pieces of advice I have received as an artist & beginning collector, he said, "Start collecting art now. Whether it is $1 or $100, add pieces to your collection as you travel and as you can. Aquire the pieces that truly speak to you." That was over 8 years ago and I am still thinking of that piece of art I left in Taos. 

So,  I made a commitment to collecting. Piece by piece. As I travel. As I meet new artists. As I pop in new studios. I don't go searching, I let the art land in my path. Personally, I have found that I connect with the artwork when I have a connection to the artist. 

Why do this, you may ask? Think about it. Every home you have walked into full of art carries a different energy than a home full of empty walls. Art tells a story of where you have been, your interests, your loves, your heritage and more. It serves to inspire, cause thought, produce ideas & ignite daydreams. 

Here are seven artists whose work is inspiring me right now:

One. Chambers Austelle

Two. Scott Szegeski

Three. Lydia Johnson

Four. Sophie Treppendahl

Five. Elizabeth Few

Six. Glory Day Loflin

Seven. Samuel Hodges

Studio Makeover with Amanda Louise Interiors

Dorothy Shain

After recently moving in to my dream studio space in Art and Light Gallery, I had the absolute pleasure of making this space my own! With the help of Amanda Louise, I added spunk and color to the place where I express all of my creativity. Amanda Louise is an interior designer based in Greenville, South Carolina who brings life and personality into spaces making them uniquely you. Her passion for beauty and imagination is so evident and I am beyond thankful to be a part of this! Her style is fun and playful and combines a mix of bright and subdued that create the most comfortable environments.

With just a pop of purple, a fresh coat of paint, and some new shelves, my studio now radiates me! I am a big believer that where you work defines how you work and my studio is nothing but fun. Amanda Louise’s interior design has added life and excitement to every aspect of my day and I am so grateful to have a space that makes work and fun the same thing!

Q & A with Art & Light Gallery Owner, Teresa Roche

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In January of 2018, I had the opportunity to move to a light-filled and airy dream studio located inside of Art & Light Gallery in Greenville, South Carolina. Art & Light is owned and operated by the inspiring Teresa Roche. Teresa is not only doing so much for the art community here but she is doing so much for me! I am so excited to announce that a limited amount of my work will now be represented by the gallery. 

We recently sat down with Teresa for a lil' Q & A to give you more insight into the world of a creative mover & shaker. Follow along on their Instagram to be instantly inspired by this magical place. 

Q & A

How would you describe Art & Light Gallery?

            We’ve been in business 12 years and we started out in the Village of West Greenville in the Flatiron building. We have three studios here and it really works well. I started with about 5 artists and now I have 19, and Dorothy is one of them.

Can you tell us a lil’ bit about yourself?

I was a dance major. Dance and theatre went hand in hand. I was into painting sets in college, so I worked with artists. One day, it struck me that I really wanted there to be a gallery in Greenville, my hometown, where anyone could buy a piece of art.  

What is your favorite place to grab lunch in town?

           My favorite place to grab lunch is GB&D (Golden Brown and Delicious).

What is your favorite coffee place?

            The Village Grind, next door to GB and D, two blocks down the street. It’s just got so much character.

What is the next upcoming show at Art & Light?

            We have a show opening with Annie Koelle called "Flight with a Tether." Her look is very different. It’s classic oil painting with a little twist to it. We also have a Japanese printmaker in April doing her second show.

What is your favorite music to listen to while you paint?

            I like Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Those are the two things I really crank loudly. Sometimes country depending on the day.

What is the current book on your nightstand?

            Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders. It’s sort of falls into the self-improvement category, but if my favorite book I have ever read.

 

 Art & Light Gallery

16 Aiken Street

Greenville, SC 29611

Dorothy Shain x Anthropologie Swimwear 2018

Dorothy Shain

        Almost one year ago to date, I was approached to collaborate with Anthropologie for bringing my swimwear paintings to life. I was absolutely in shock and overcome with excitement. For as long as I can remember, I would pass the time in classes by sketching swimwear, dresses, and clothing on my notebooks and journals. To actually have the opportunity to create actual pieces in real life was truly a dream come true.   

Are you wondering how exactly this happened? First thing was first, with a team, we went through files of my paintings of bikinis and one pieces to choose several that we felt could be created. A graphic designer then produced a mock-up using my exact patterns, emulating the style found in the painting.

Next, samples were made and sent to me in South Carolina. With the help of the team, we revised until we received a product we were over the moon about!

Once the final products landed in my hand, I called on my friend and talented photographer Amanda Greeley in Charleston, SC to shoot them. With the help of models Venita Aspen and Emily Vaughan, we headed to Sullivan’s Island for a cold afternoon of shooting on the beach.

To celebrate, I will be releasing 28 original bikinis and 28 limited edition, signed, numbered and dated giclee prints ( Runs of 15 only)

Browse my Gallery Here

 

SHOP ANTHROPOLOGIE SWIM 

The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation

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While completing my senior year at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, I remember hearing a story of a tragic accident involving Dallas native Lauren Scruggs.  Lauren was involved in a terrible incident involving the propeller of a small plane, which resulted in the loss of an eye and her left hand.  While I did not know Lauren at the time, I was struck by her story and courage to continue on with her life.

I am a big believer that the world works in mysterious ways because almost 2 years ago, through social media, Lauren and I connected over a piece of my art.  I was given the opportunity to work with her to create 2 custom pieces for her home in California.  Lauren went out of her way to show her support for my art journey and was always so gracious in her emails.  I remember being absolutely blown away by her kindness.

A couple of months later, on a trip out to L.A., I proposed that we meet for lunch and she agreed – indeed, I was floored.  I had just completed her book on the way out, "Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope", and suddenly could barely hold back my tears as I sat across from her.  I was so impressed and inspired by Lauren's spirit, beauty & courage after such a horrific life event.  As we sat and enjoyed our acai bowls, we very quickly connected over our love of health, mutual friends, and entrepreneurship.  I felt like we had known each other for such a long time!

Later, after I’d returned home to South Carolina, I recall reading an article Lauren posted regarding prosthetic limbs and the lack of support insurance provides to obtain them.  She mentioned the physical & spiritual healing that prostheses can provide.  My heart immediately began to hurt and I knew I wanted to help.  That's when I learned more about the Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation.

In 2015, the LSK Foundation was started by Lauren, Lisa & Ashley (all touched by this) to help others obtain a "beautiful prosthesis."  Together with the National Christian Foundation and ARTech Laboratory, they seek to provide funding for girls and women to receive cosmetic silicone coverings for their prostheses, with the hope that they will experience both physical and spiritual healing.

In honor of Lauren, I have created a limited edition, 9" x 12", signed, and numbered giclée print to raise funds.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Foundation.  To receive a signed print, please make a $125 donation to LSK Foundation and email a screenshot or receipt of your donation to holler@dorothyshain.com with your mailing address.  A print will then be mailed out to you on Friday, December 15th.

The Story Behind the Bikinis

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3 years ago, I made the decision to leave my desk job and pursue my career in art full-time. My friends and family were terrified but I knew, deep down, I had the drive to bring my dream to life. Initially, "pursuing" art meant side hustling. Babysitting, teaching art classes & even helping out  (doing paperwork) for the South Beach Food & Wine Festival -- anything to pay my rent. The last gig, afforded me the opportunity to take my first trip to South Beach in Miami.

Immediately, upon arrival, I fell in love with the colors and the feel of the area. I was fascinated by the architecture and design of older hotels like The Raleigh and became interested in the Art Deco Era. When I returned to South Carolina and had a day in my studio, I started sketching out high waisted bikinis from other eras. Before I knew it, I was launching my first collection. 

Each collection has such a different vibe & feel depending on where I have traveled & what has recently inspired me. The Colorblock Collection,  is a tribute to 1960's & 70's beach culture in the United States. From South Beach to La Jolla, the styles were fun, the time was magic & the music was right. Women pushed the envelope, explored the styles & showed a little more skin on the beaches & by the pools. They were making moves & making waves. 

Each piece is an original work of art created in my studio in Greenville, South Carolina and framed locally. Thank you for supporting my artistic journey.

 

City Boots x Dorothy Shain

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 Imagine a place where longhorn cattle roam across a natural gradient of wildflower blues, evergreens, and rich clay reds. Where city and country coexist just as the gem and earth tones do. Where life is as simple and as pure as the state motto, “friendship.” This place is Texas and Texas is the inspiration for the new Dorothy Shain for City Boots silk scarf collection.  Each earthly element and tone found in the Texas hill country found its way into the custom print patterns by Dorothy Shain, an artist and modern day explorer from Greenville, South Carolina. City Boots founder and Amarillo native, Lizzy Chesnut, first met Shain while attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Both designers are heavily influenced by the state of Texas and found her to be an easy muse for their handmade, pure silk scarf collaboration.  We hope you take a little piece of Texas with you wherever you go. The scarves are available for purchase,  here , on the City Boots website!   Xoxo,  Lizzy and Dorothy

Imagine a place where longhorn cattle roam across a natural gradient of wildflower blues, evergreens, and rich clay reds. Where city and country coexist just as the gem and earth tones do. Where life is as simple and as pure as the state motto, “friendship.” This place is Texas and Texas is the inspiration for the new Dorothy Shain for City Boots silk scarf collection.

Each earthly element and tone found in the Texas hill country found its way into the custom print patterns by Dorothy Shain, an artist and modern day explorer from Greenville, South Carolina. City Boots founder and Amarillo native, Lizzy Chesnut, first met Shain while attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Both designers are heavily influenced by the state of Texas and found her to be an easy muse for their handmade, pure silk scarf collaboration.

We hope you take a little piece of Texas with you wherever you go. The scarves are available for purchase, here, on the City Boots website! 

Xoxo,

Lizzy and Dorothy

Travel California

Dorothy Shain

On May 8th, I will be launching my Pacific Coast Collection at 9am EST. I cannot put into words how excited I am to see my piece(s) of California dreaming find their new homes. My art is often a visual manifestation of stories and experiences that have changed me.

This is the story of my love affair with Venice and Southern California.

In the fall of 2010, I was blessed with the incredible opportunity hop aboard the MV Explorer, a retired Carnival Cruise ship, and embark on a four-month journey around the world through a program called Semester at Sea. I started the journey knowing not a single person & left with a forever crew of what I like to call "soul friends." These special people, primarily from the West Coast, took this little southerner under their wings and helped ignite a love for their home. I heard them talk of the special burritos, the surfing, the culture, the weather. When we pulled into the port of San Diego, I was raring to go and ready to explore. 

Seven years down the road, I still can't get enough. My travels to the west coast started as visits to see these wonderful people. Whether I was located in San Fransisco, San Diego, Mammoth, or Venice Beach,  I started to realize that this place was speaking to my soul. I am drawn to the mindset, the creativity, the melting pot of people, the rich surf & skate culture ( inspiration in itself), even the plants. I love the endless possibilities, the connections to be made, and people to meet.  L.A is so full of fellow dreamers, all hustling to meet larger than life goals. My kind of people.

This collection of work is deeply personal: it is inspired by little trips, larger than life experiences, and snippets of one of the greatest places I have had the opportunity to explore. The Pacific Coast means something to me, and I hope that you connect with sense of freedom and creativity, just as I have.

If the travel bug has just bitten you hard after reading this post (the Pacific Coast can do that to you), here are some of my favorite things to do & see in Southern California: 

Best View of Pacific Coast Highway (Malibu): Neptunes Net

Hiking in Malibu : Charmlee Wilderness Park in the Santa Monica Mountains

Korea Town:  Tatsu Ramen

Coffee + People Watching: Deus ex Machina

Surf Shop: Lone Wolfs

Lunch: Cafe Gratitude

Poke: Poke Poke 

San Diego: Mitch's ( the best ceviche & fish tacos I have ever had in my life) 

Serious inquiries contact holler@dorothyshain.com for presale information.

 

 

Mac & Murphy Collaboration

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I am thrilled to announce the launch of my collaboration with Mac & Murphy

So, how did this partnership come to be? I began my journey and career as an artist in Charleston, and have always loved Mac & Murphy's work and aesthetic. I also love written correspondence- it creates a personal connection that you can't always get through digital medium. I have always gotten the vibe that our styles would mesh well, but  when I met them in person I knew it was a perfect fit. These three women are making joy and creativity out of hard work:

 

After talking to Liz, I felt like I had known her for years. Lacey has been so fun to get to know and has taught me so much about PR and branding (two things that Mac & Murphy has done an incredible job at maintaining). The designer, Elizabeth, and I already had a connection: her cousin is a good friend of mine from SMU. Collaborating with these women just felt right from the start.

 

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Each body of work that I create is travel inspired. This fun and light-hearted piece was actually inspired by places I haven't even been to yet. The animals are inspired by a journey to both my childhood and the deepest parts of India through Disney's Jungle Book. Even a simple night in watching an old film can spark creativity! The fruits and flora are drawn from a conversation I had about Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys with a friend. I like to call this "travel dreaming".

This experience reminded me of something so important: you don't always have to go somewhere to be inspired by a place. Travel is just as much a state of mind as it is a physical act. 

I can't wait for all of you to see this collaboration and see how it inspires others to chase their travel dreams. Please join me:

Dorothy Shain x Mac & Murphy Launch Party

May 10th 5:30pm-9pm

74.5 Cannon St. Charleston, SC

Jackson Hole Collection

Dorothy Shain

 Today, February 23, 2017 I am releasing a body of work that revolves around my time spent in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This is the first group of pieces I have created since starting my fellowship at Greenville Center for the Creative Arts in Greenville, SC. This is the first time, in 2.5 years that I feel like I am hitting my stride and style as an artist. I am realizing, that being outdoors, being under big skies, among mountains, & surrounded by wildlife calms me, connects me & inspires my work. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for taking the time to view the collection. 

Today, February 23, 2017 I am releasing a body of work that revolves around my time spent in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This is the first group of pieces I have created since starting my fellowship at Greenville Center for the Creative Arts in Greenville, SC. This is the first time, in 2.5 years that I feel like I am hitting my stride and style as an artist. I am realizing, that being outdoors, being under big skies, among mountains, & surrounded by wildlife calms me, connects me & inspires my work. I hope you enjoy. Thank you for taking the time to view the collection. 

Going "Blush" for Valentine's Day

Dorothy Shain

 To honor the recent and inspiring work of strong women around the world, I am going "blush" in time for Valentine's Day.

Today through March 1st, my 18” x 24” mixed media bikinis can be framed in a white gallery frame & floated atop a feminine, blush colored matte to celebrate the mothers, grandmothers, daughters & sisters who have touched and continue to touch our lives. 

Please allow for a minimum of 10 business days for framing needs. Certificates available upon request for Valentine's Day gifting purposes. 

Huge thank you to Simply Framed for teaming up with me to make this happen. 


PEACE, LOVE & BIKINIS

xoxo, 

Dorothy




 
 

 

Penland School of Arts and Crafts

Dorothy Shain

I'm back in Greenville! You may have noticed from Instagram that I recently spent a week in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Penland School of Arts and Crafts. I had the chance to take Alice Ballard's class, "Drawing and Clay." It was an absolute dream. It was an amazing opportunity to dive into clay, a medium I have never worked with, and receive some formal instruction and feedback. Not to mention, the people that I met while there, were unreal. 

Don't be fooled! This is not "art camp" . . . people come from far and wide to receive extensive education in the arts. The studios are open 24 hours and people take that very seriously. Lights off? Not there! 

Highlights? Morning yoga classes and the very best scones and muffins I have ever had. Slight carb fest. Penland's Pastry chef is unreal. Oh! My other favorite thing? There just so happened to be a thought leader and international spokeswoman in my class who just finished writing a book called Talk RX which I just ordered from Amazon!  She has coached everyone from celebrities to corporate companies like American Express on improving communication. 

All in all, I highly recommend Penland to anyone and everyone for a creative getaway. I am already plotting my next visit back. 

Gratitude

Dorothy Shain

This week is special. On September 1st, it has officially been 2 years since I left my desk job to pursue my calling of art. Yes, it was terrifying & yes, some days I am still terrified.  Am I going to succeed? Will I be able to be financially stable? Will people like what I produce? What if they don’t? I can ask myself questions all day, send myself into a state of frenzy OR I can take a moment to focus on -‘gratitude.’ -

Gratitude is the quality of being thankful. When I look back over the past two years, I have so many positive feelings for the people, places & incredible experiences this artistic journey has put in my path. I feel forever lucky to wake up each morning and pursue something I love. Yes, constant hustle & endless brainstorming are involved to keep things moving, but that is what fuels me.

So, I am going to do something I don’t typically like to do and something I feel like we, as humans, don’t do often enough. I am going to give myself a big pat on the back for being brave. You heard it right. If I had never mustered the courage to make art my full time career, I would not have experienced the immense feeling of gratitude I have for each one of you who support me daily nor would I appreciate the mistakes I have made, the successes I have experienced & the life of an artist.

For me, it all comes down to two words. Thank You. Your love and support are the sole reasons I am able to do what I do. 

The Latest . . .

Dorothy Shain

 

“I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.”  
 

- Susan Sontag

 

G O . . .

Warm weather immediately makes me dream of

where I want to go and what I want to see.  A

recent article I read about Little palm island,

florida got my wheels  turning and inspired

my new “Tropics  Collection.” Papayas.

Roadside Stands. Tropical leaves. Wildlife

galore. Where The Wild Things Are meets The

Jungle Book. Catch my drift? 

 

T H E   T R O P I C S  C O L L E C T I O N

R E L E A S E  D A T E :

M A Y  27 , 2016

10 AM EST

 


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Bikinis. Swim Trunks. Tropical collages.
 

Giclée prints
  

G i c l é e


What is a giclée?  Think a high quality

reproduction of my work printed on fine art

paper. I am so excited to release a group of

these on my site tomorrow, locally produced

in Greenville, SC!


U P C O M I N G …
 

C H A R L E S T O N , S C …

It’s Spoleto time! I am working with Well &

Wonder to exhibit bikinis at Fritz Porter for

the month of June. Location: Cigar Factory on

East Bay, 701 E. Bay St., #106.

 

N E W  O R L E A N S , L A …
 

I am working with BRANDSHOP as their featured

artist at the Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727

Camp Street. Collages for days. 


N A N T U C K E T , M A…...


I recently had the pleasure of wrapping up a

project for The Roberts Collection, a group

of hotels on Nantucket that left me dying to

go. I worked in collaboration with the

talented interior designer,

 Annsley McAleer. An exhibit in collaboration

with BRANDSHOP The Skinny Dip in Nantucket

in August might just be the perfect

opportunity for a field trip.

  

C O L L A B O R A T I O N S


Celebrating Caviar and Bananas. Opening soon

in Greenville, SC. Gourmet market & cafe. Also

in Charleston & Nashville! Stay tuned for a

fun upcoming project!

 

Dorothy Shain X Simply Framed. It's happening.

You will now have the option to have your

pieces frames when you check out on my site.

Huge shoutout to them for making my life

easier! 
 

U N I V E R S E  


Just putting it out there. On my map this

summer. . . Marfa. Big Bend. Taos. Have paint +

will travel.
 
P.S….

 

Let me hear from you about your inspirations

and places you’ve been or looking to go.

Always looking for where to go

next… Holler@dorothyshain.com
 
 

 

 

 



 



 

So Then They Say

Delaney Maher

I feel extremely privileged to have attended college with some serious movers and shakers. Mary Summers is one of them. The girl has a killer eye for design + fabulous taste so I'm not surprised to see her making big moves in the world of blogging with ' 'So Then They Say.'She was so sweet to feature me & my work recently. Read more here

Rue Daily: The Realities Behind Being an Artist

Dorothy Shain

I was absolutely blown away when I had the recent opportunity to partake in an interview for Rue Magazine's "Rue Daily." The interview focussed on the realities of being an artist. I was not only so appreciative of the chance to be featured but really loved the questions they asked - they have a way of really getting people's wheels to spin. 

Sending a huge thank you to Ellie McNevin of Grey & Co PR as well as Lucy Cuneo for her amazing photography.

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Glitter Guide : 12 Artists You Need to Know

Dorothy Shain

This morning I woke up to the best email in my inbox ever from the sweet & wonderful Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love. In between being a full-time mama, an incredible blogger & an extreme fashionista she finds time to take creatives under her wings in Charleston to help them soar. Talk about a saint! 

She recently worked with Glitter Guide to provide a list of  "12 Artists You Need to Know." I am honored & so grateful to be included amongst such killer talent. 

Photos courtesy of Brooke Kiernan

Words of Wisdom

Dorothy Shain

"When you commit to doing something, you make a promise to yourself. And when you break that promise out of laziness, discouragement, or fear, you are only cheating yourself. You are not “getting away with something.” You are only getting away from your own potential. When you commit to making your dream come true, that is the promise you simply decide to never, ever break. It doesn’t matter how many times you get discouraged, or exhausted, or frustrated, you just remember that you have not given yourself the option to quit. That is what commitment is — when the idea of ever stopping your efforts simply doesn’t exist. You have infinite patience and resilience because there is no other option. You have the ability to bear the pain and frustration because you must find a way to beat it. It doesn’t mean it won’t feel hard to press on — it might feel impossible, and yet you still find a way to keep going. You simply always press on. At a certain point, all your effort and energy and power is only directed towards your dream, and you no longer have to waste any energy on trying to motivate yourself to keep going."

— (via drestylez(Source:  arabellesicardi, via yesdarlingido)

Photograph courtesy of Brooke Kiernan