Dottie's Art Studio
24043 West Oak St. Plainfield, IL 60544
We are located one block north of historic Lockport St. in Downtown Plainfield. We have classes and parties during the day and at night but our hours are varied so you may want to call Dottie at 815.302.3339 first to make sure someone is at the studio.
IMPORTANT PARKING NOTE: When parking for the studio please use the street parking along Des Plaines St. or the convenient public parking lot just across the street. Please DO NOT park in the gravel lot behind the building as this is reserved for other tenants of the building. Thanks!
What started as a passion as a child has turned into a fulfilling career and rewarding experience spreading the joy and knowledge of art. Dottie was born and raised in the area. She raised three children who are all grown now. She enjoys her art as well as her religion, which she has combined in becoming a religious artist. You can see some of her work on her website... fineartworkoffaith.com. Dottie also enjoys working with watercolor and painting pet portraits. But probably her most favorite is working with people. She enjoys teaching the adult painting classes and has a special love for teaching kids. She believes giving back to her community is important and enjoys spending her spare time teaching RE, helping out events for CASA of Joliet, helping out with several area food pantries, Senior Star in Romeoville and Will County Humane Society, as well as other things.
After receiving her Bachelor of Art degree from Illinois State University Dottie began her career. From 1990 to 1994 Dottie began teaching art classes for the Joliet Park District and Joliet Junior Youth College, while also teaching at Larson’s Palette and Frame. It was during that time that Dottie’s Jr. Art classes began, planting the seed for the future Dottie’s Art Studio. From 1998 to 2008 Dottie spent time as a substitute in the Minooka School District. It was in 2006 while continuing to be an Adjunct Art Teacher for Joliet Junior College in their youth college program that Dottie’s Jr. Art League was re-started. Since then the Art League has grown from classes in her basement to Dottie’s Art Studio combining art classes for both children and adults with her other passions- water color portraits and fine art works of faith.
Fine Art Commissions:
One thing all Dottie’s students know is her love of her Bischon, Pudgie and all pets in general. Why not combine this love with her love of watercolor painting? Over the years Dottie has been hired to do many pet portraits for people so they will have a keepsake of their beloved pets. See the Pups Portraits and More page for more info.
Dottie is an active parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Joliet, IL. Dottie is also a Third Order Franciscan Member and it is with the Franciscans that her passion lies. She was first hired by the Sacred Heart Franciscan Friars in 2008. Since then Dottie has done many commissioned pieces including large wall murals for the Poor Clares in Omaha, NE, painted panels and sculptures for the friars of the Lady of Guadalupe Province in Albuquerque, NM, helping with fundraisers by painting images of the parish church for Holy Name in Cickhaska, OK, designing stain glass windows for St. Leo University in St. Leo, FL, and painting a tabernacle for Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. You can see more about her faith in art on her website www.fineartworkoffaith.com.