SPMA Artist of the Month
Dolores Flessner’s interest in art stems from her childhood, as she was raised in a family where art was cherished. She received her early artistic formation from her father, who was a classically trained artist, architect, and former art instructor at the Corcoran School of Art. Dolores pursued classical art studies at the American University in Washington, D.C., but in the late 1980s put her art aside when an unexpected opportunity to work for the Reagan White House presented itself. After several years working in related endeavors, she resumed serious pursuit of art in the 1990s.
Following her earliest and most persistent artistic interest, equine action (she had previously illustrated for various horse publications, including Equus and Polo magazines), the artist took it up again, illustrating and showing her work. She participated in juried exhibitions including those of the American Academy of Equine Art, the Kentucky Derby Museum, and the Cheyenne Frontier Museum. She later provided illustrations of religious and family themes—subjects also dear to her heart—while working for the Respect Life Program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
After moving to rural tidewater Virginia with her husband, whose job in Washington, D.C., required long commutes, Dolores again put her art aside for a number of years. However, she provided art lessons to homeschooled students and later homeschooled their younger son. Now, having recently finished her homeschooling duties, the artist has returned to her own art. She has expanded her subject matter to include local nature and wildlife themes, exhibiting in local venues including the Deltaville Maritime Museum and the Arts in the Middle show. Her interest in equine subjects continues, and she has been focusing particularly on western art themes such as rodeo action.
In addition to her father’s early instruction and her art education, the artist has been influenced by the work of classically grounded contemporary artists as well as great artists of the past, especially Delacroix, Rubens, Rembrandt, and da Vinci. She especially admires the passion, drama, and lyricism of these artists and strives to follow their lead in being a lifelong student of nature.
Dolores may be reached at 804.394.3264 or by email. Her address is: Dolores Flessner, 21 Little Florida Road, Farnham, Virginia 22460, and her website is http://www.dalyfinearts.com/.