The drawings and paintings of Dozier Bell are at once deep evocations of natural environments culled from memory and experience past, and reflections of a life of philosophical inquiry and keen observation that merge in her work as marvels of virtuosity and poignant imagery. Her work is a visual autobiography of a sort, one that recalls generations of a Maine family that worked the land, and embraced the nearby sea.
In 2019, Bell was awarded her first Monhegan Island Residency, and she returned this past September 2020. While on the island, she was inspired to begin working with watercolor, a new medium for her, as well as to continue to create paintings and her intimate, diminutive charcoal drawings. This exhibition focuses on the work created on the island and inspired by her time there.