Dorr Bothwell

Dorr Bothwell (1902-2000)

I follow straws in the wind, and that’s how I came to Mendocino. A friend of mine from art school, whom I hadn’t seen for twenty five years, recommended me to Bill Zacha. I was busy, so I recommended Hilda Pertha to Bill, and she came…later I taught a summer course at the Art Center and fell in love with the place. All the wood, for example, really excited me, the wonderful gray wooden fences. I did a whole series of close-ups of the wood, all the grains and knotholes, and when it was shown in San Francisco, it sold out. The very tempo of living here has influenced my art. I think there is a magic in this place, something very special that people call a kind of ‘power center’, like Mount Shasta, and I think that this was the moving spirit of Bill Zacha, that remarkable catalyst. – Dorr Bothwell, Arts & Entertainment Magazine, Mendocino, California, May 1989

“When no preconceived ideas keep us from looking and we take all the time we need to really “feel” what we see – when we are able to do that – that universe opens up and we catch our breath in awe at the incredible complexity of design in the humblest things. It is only when this happens that we regain our sense of wonder.” – Dorr Bothwell: Straws in the Wind, An Artist’s Life as told to Bruce Levene (2013)

About Dorr Bothwell
Artwork of Dorr Bothwell
Dorr Bothwell: Straws in the Wind
Red Roses for Bill
Gladding McBean Catalina Ceramics
Manning’s Coffee Murals
Bothwell Illustrated Diary (1942)
Archives of American Art
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