I have been an explorer of nature, and the oceans for most of my life. I am influenced and amazed by nature. It is constantly changing and evolving. I primarily paint fish, not just because I love them, but because they are simple, universal shapes. I can draw a fish with two brushstrokes and a circle. This gives me more time and energy to focus on color and value in the painting, and to exercise poetic intent.

I prefer to work organically, with simple techniques and materials like old brushes and good pigments. I use these to produce something straight from my imagination. My hope is to understand the forces behind nature, and the forces that guide humanity.

 

Born: Newport News, VA

Education: BFA, Appalachian State University, 1996

2015 – Currently on display at Atelier Gallery, Charleston, SC

2015 – Best in show, and First place, North Charleston Arts Festival juried art competition, N. Charleston SC.

2015 – Kulture Klash 8 at the Memmenger Auditorium in Charleston, SC

2013 –“Reckless” pilot, provided artwork for a new series that will air on CBS, ongoing, Charleston, SC

2013 – Light Space, & Time online gallery, “Nature” competition 4th place winner.

2012 – Portrait Battle, Presented by FR3SH at REDUX contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC

2011 – Portrait Battle, Presented by FR3SH at REDUX contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC

2011 – “Collective Eclectic” Beyond the Gallery Show, Charleston, SC

2010 – “A Painted Reality”, Eye Level Art, Charleston, SC 2002 – Emerging Artists Show, Infinity Gallery   Boston, MA

2010 – Aloft Hotel Art + Fashion Show, Charleston, SC

2009 – Kulture Klash 5, Charleston, SC

2009 – Gradual Lean – Music and Live Painting at Eye Level Art, Charleston, SC

2009 – Eye Level Art 24 hour lock-in, Eye Level Art, Charleston, SC

2009 – Fr3sh Art, 12 Hour Lock-in, Fr3sh Art, Charleston, SC

2009 – Ones and Zeros show at Eye Level Art, Charleston, SC

2009 – Portrait Slam at Eye Level Art, Charleston, SC

2008 – 4 Square Art Show at Eye Level Art, Charleston, SC

2006 – 2008 – Ongoing collection at Eye Level Art, Charleston, SC

2001, 2003 – Charlestown Artist Guild Member   Charlestown,  MA

2002 – Emerging Artists Show, Infinity Gallery   Boston, MA

2001, 2002 – Art in the Park, Boston, MA

 You may contact the artist directly at  nostod@gmail.com

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Remember the past.
Remember when we swam with the fish.
Remember when we felt our place in the natural order of the world.
Creatures lost in their own worlds
Fish in their darkness, cocooning themselves from unseen dangers.
We peer into their worlds, and see them as we may see ourselves – crowded, blind.
The patterns of the universe duplicate themselves in scales and waves.
The fish follow form and relent to silent forces.
Never fully awake, never fully asleep.

C. Dotson