Arrington Dorsett, Patsy

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Acclaimed portrait artist Patsy Arrington Dorsett has the unique ability to capture that elusive human quality known as spirit in her portraiture. Her study of art began over 40 years ago and for the past three decades, Patsy has focused mainly on portraiture, discovering along the way her preference for the medium of oils. She has studied with many international portrait artists including John Howard Sanden, Founder of the Portrait Institute. Patsy's unique abilities and meticulous attention to detail has elicited much praise. At a workshop with John de la Vega, he applauded Patsy's work by noting that her "rare ability to unite image and spirit is what distinguishes her work and sets her apart from the ordinary." Patsy grew up in Vinton, Virginia and continues to pursue her love of portraiture in her studio/gallery, Dorsett Portraits, six blocks from her childhood home. The historical "McDonald Farmhouse", a 1907 Dutch Colonial Revival, now "pink" houses Dorsett collection of oil paintings. This working studio/gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday for the curious art lover to visit. Portrait samples, landscapes of the blue ridge mountains and equine are some of her favorite subjects including the beauty of Smith Mountain Lake where she lives. Patsy Arrington Dorsett's work hangs in public and private collections locally, and throughout Virginia, along the East Coast, Midwest, Germany and Korea. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America and Cecillia Beaux Forum. For more information, call 540-342-8367 or visit

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  • Thursday Hours: 10-6pm
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