Dora Ruth Dillistone
Taos, New Mexico
As a female born in the post World War II era growing up in the 1950’s and maturing in the 60’s I was instilled with the need for constant questioning and change. The political climate of the 1970’s helped shape my philosophical approach to life and art. Several events shaped my current direction. I spent time living and painting in the New Mexico mountains, which had a great impact on my sense of space and light. Returning to Houston, I left postgraduate work at the University of Houston to enhance my education at the MFAH Glassell School of Art. In the summer of 2000, I had the opportunity to work and learn in the Taos studio of Larry Bell. This presented an entirely new direction in my work while enhancing the continuing style of oil painting. A profound change occurred under the guidance of Christian Eckart who encouraged new directions and insight. I began studying Chinese ink and brushwork to return to spontaneous yet controlled imagery that would blend the Eastern materials with Western thought and application. Emergence and submergence, light and space, mortality and immortality remain the underlying themes of my art. Currently, I live and work in Taos, New Mexico where my work is also influenced by a new concept of time and the natural environmental elements.
Gulf Park College for Women: Magna cum Laude, A.A. Certificate in Art 1969
University of Houston: Magna cum Laude, B.S. Art Education- All Levels 1973
Texas Tech P.B. Painting, Art History 1975-76
University of Houston: P.B. Painting, Art History 1976-77, 1979
MFAH Glassell School of Art: Painting, Art History 1981- 2010
Workshop: Larry Bell, Taos, New Mexico 2000
Jung Center: Chinese Watercolor, Pei Hong Endris: 2005-2010
UNM-Taos: advanced painting 2011-2014
Gulf Park College for Women, University of New Mexico, Blaffer Gallery University of Houston, the Jung Center Houston 2000-2009, Williams Tower Gallery Houston, MFAH Glassell Art School 1982-2009, Assistance League Annual Juried Exhibition, New Mexorado Exhibition 2011, Harwood Museum, Paradigm Shifts and Other Clichés, The Jung Center one woman juried show 2012. Highlights from the Gus Foster Collection, UNM Harwood Museum, 2014, Taos Fall Arts Select, 2014, Taos Fall Arts Select, 2015, Taos Now, Art of the 21st Century 2015, Jung Center Houston One person show 2016, Taos Center for the Arts one person show 2017
Numerous shows including Gallery 101, History of Printmaking Museum, Mind Puddles Gallery, The Jung Center Annual Exhibitions, The Hispanic Cultural Center of Houston, Commerce Street Warehouse, The Taos Art Organization Annual Studio Tour, The Phoenix Group of Houston Annual Exhibition, Bank One Building Oriental Exhibition Houston, TAO Studio Tour 2010, Taos Fall Open 2010, Phoenix Group show, Houston 2011, Gallery 203, Taos group show 2011, Stables Gallery, Taos 2011, TAO Studio Tour 2011, Gallery 203 group show 2011, Stables Gallery, Taos Group Show, 2012, Parks Gallery Show, 2012, Taos Fall Arts Festival Open, 2012, TAO Studio Tour, 2012, UNM Harwood Museum of Art Contemporary Collections Exhibit, 2014. TCA Sight Unseen, En Plein Air, Earth Wind and Fire, New Work, Stables Gallery, Taos Center for the Arts, Taos Fall Arts Festival Select and Open 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,"Earthly Elements" Group show Bareiss Gallery 2017, Outside the lines group show 2018
Currently showing at the Harwood Museum of Art, 2018-19
The work is in numerous private collections as well as the UNM Harwood Museum of Art.