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’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. She continues to teach sold-out workshops and speak, many times sharing her knowledge of plein air painting.
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. That same piece now hangs permanently at the Cotton Mill in Starkville, MS. Her work has been featured in Mississippi Magazine and numerous newspapers and other publications in the Southeastern United States.