ART IN THE FAMILY
Jed Dorsey represents the fourth generation of artists on his mom’s side of the family and his dad is also a professional artist. Because of this, he always had the opportunity to practice art as a child. He even sold paintings as early as 11 years of age when his family had their “Dorsey Gallery” at the local fair. He remembers a few kind parents of his friends buying his paintings for $15 which quickly turned into cotton candy and a few rides. As he grew older other interests such as music and sports called for his time and he didn’t paint at all for several years.
That changed after Jed married his beautiful Canadian wife, Renae. On a trip to Whistler, B.C. in 2001, they stumbled on some galleries that were showing some vibrant oil & acrylic paintings. His family had always done watercolors so this was something different and very appealing to him. That very week on their vacation, he bought his first acrylic paints and spent countless hours painting in this new medium. He loved it. Thus began the journey.
The reality was, however, that not every painting turned out for him. In fact very few in those early days did. This taught him some valuable lessons in perseverance. He also learned that failure is not the end. It can be the beginning of something new. He realized that he learned something every time he painted, whether or not the painting was a "success". This has helped him think about how we need courage and perseverance in all of life, whether it is in art, our family life, exploring a new interest, starting a career, or going down a different path. It takes courage to start and perseverance to keep going.
Jed is thankful to have had the opportunity to study under some great artists like Mike Svob, Robert Genn, and Ovannes Berberian. He has learned so much from them. His parents continue to be a huge inspiration and encouragement to him. And Renae, his wife, walks on this path of artistic endeavor with him daily and is a constant source of friendship and support for him. Their daughter, Willow, also helps by naming paintings and is an enthusiastic supporter of his work.
Check out this video to get a sneak peek into Jed's artistic process: vimeo.com/140340802
In 2016 Jed's brother, Jason, built a beautiful gallery space, Sunnyshore Studio, on Camano Island. The family has regular shows and workshops here. To see more Dorsey art and read about their family history go to the Sunnyshore Studio site.
To see Jed's dad's work: Jack Dorsey Art
And his mom: Ann Cory Art
1998 - Bachelor of Arts, Corban University, Salem, OR
October 2016 - “West Coast Memories” - Grace Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.
August 2016 - “”Roads, Rivers & Paths (and Other Places I Love)” - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN
September 2015 - “The Sun Also Rises” - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN
October 2014 - “A City to Live” - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN
December 2013 - “Urban Landscapes” - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN
November 2012 - “Casting Shadows - the Unity of Light” - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN
March 2010 - “There and Back Again” - Vancouver, B.C.
December 2016 - “Beaches of Camano” - Sunnyshore Studio, Camano Island, WA
October 2016 - “Soldiers and Sailors Monument Show” - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN
July 2016 - Porch Party Group Exhibit - City Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
May 2015 - “Urban and Rural Landscapes” - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN
October 2014 - “Homecoming” - Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN
September 2006 - Family Show - Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA
August 2005 - Family Show - Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Bellevue, WA
October 2003 - Group Show - Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, B.C.
May 2002 - 2016 - Camano Island Studio Tour, Camano Island, WA
October 2001 - 2004 - “Arts in the City, Arts in the Sanctuary” - Grace Vancouver, Vancouver, B.C.
December 2016 - January 2017 - Featured Artist - Patachou Restaurant Downtown, Indianapolis, IN
April 2015 - Featured Artist - Patachou Restaurant Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN
2006 - 2016 - Seagrass Gallery - Camano Island, WA
2002 - 2006 - Gallery in the Loft - Camano Island, WA
September 2016 - 3rd Place Quick Draw - Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN
September 2016 - Honorable Mention - Carmel on Canvas, Carmel, IN
August 2016 - 1st Place - Zionsville Paint Out - Zionsville, IN