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Cover Artist: Dorothy A. Rhines
Dorothy A. Rhines was born and raised in Il- linios and moved to Flor- ida 20 years ago. Now a Florida based artist Rhines pursues her careers in in- terior design
and art. She earned her degree from the Chicago School of Interior Design in Chicago, Il. She also studied at the American Academy of Art in Chi- cago, Il, under Ted Smuskiewicz, Robert Hoffman and Charles Vick- ery, to name a few. She has won a number of prestigious awards for
her watercolors and oil paintings. She is a member of the Brevard Watercolor Society, Brevard Cul- tural Alliance, and the Florida Watercolor Society. In 1998 Rhines won the Student Award at Brevard Community College. She also studied life drawing at ICC Col- lege in Illinois, architect rendering, advanced photography and color and design. While working and raising a family Rhines acquired a library of art books which she read and studied.
In 2007 she produced an in- structional DVD featuring her work and technique with watercolor. It was promoted on the NASA Sta- tion. Her technique is using mask- ing  uid on her drawing on 300 lb. Arches watercolor paper, hitting where the light would be on the objects and letting it dry. Then she begins to pour two colors, yellow and red on the paper letting it do its thing. Rhines lets it dry a sec- ond time before starting to paint the positive and negative spaces looking for different size shapes and designs. More than a treat for the eye. Her paintings can be a multi-sensory experience. Through her work the artist acts as a virtual tour guide, introducing viewers to the unique wonders of everyday life in Florida. The artist masterful play of light and shadow draws you into the painting.
In 2007 Rhines’ painting of seagrapes was on the cover of a cookbook for the Satellite Beach United Methodist Church, with
an additional eight paintings on the index pages. The book was a success and was put into a time capsule for the City of Satellite Beach, FL. including two of her prints of the “Seagrapes” and “Bridges of Desoto Parkway”. Rhines impressionistic style of trans- parent watercolor and oils captures the play of sunlight against timeless settings and natural foliage. Her sea- scapes, landscapes, native birds and wildlife of Florida re ect the color and life around her.
Her career as an Interior Design- er and buyer for a high end furniture store helped her get started in doing paintings to incorporate into her cli- ent’s décor. Rhines and her husband lived in the small town of Washington,
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IL., where they built their dream home on 10 acres next to a pond, which was visited often by the local wildlife. Rhines found an old bank building in downtown Washington, IL, which is
a lot like downtown Melbourne, FL. She bought it and started her business “Art and Design Masterpieces”, where she display artwork by area artists, antiques, jewelry, clothes, accessories and so much more.
Her daughters and grandchildren had moved to Florida where Rhines and her husband would visit. Over time it got harder and harder to turn the car North. She found a home in Satellite Beach and assisted her sister
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