An Englewood, NJ, resident, Dorrie Rifkin paints from her passions. Thirty years’ experience as an award-winning art director ignited and cemented a life-long love affair with typography.
“Once, while hearing my friend sing her twin baby boys to sleep with ‘One Hundred Bottles of Beer On the Wall’ – which is another story – a vision came to me: I would paint 100 bottles of beer and put them on a wall! I have committed several of my sketchbooks to this undertaking, and have been posting the bottles, as they emerge, on my Facebook page, where folks are eager to opine on what brewery’s offering I ought to paint next and on the quality of various brews. When it reaches 100, I will perform a bit of Photoshop magic to line them up and put them on (but not up against) the wall."
Her paintings have won more than 20 prizes, many in international and national juried shows. She is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the Northeast Watercolor Society, and the Baltimore Watercolor Society.
Dorrie’s work has been selected for both Splash 14: Light and Color and Splash 15: Creative Solutions (North Light Books, out summer 2014). She was profiled in Watercolor Artist magazine’s December 2010 “Ones to Watch” feature.
Ranging in size from 20”x 30” to 7”x 7”, Dorrie’s paintings are in several private collections in the U.S. and Europe. Her NYC/NJ-themed prints adorned sets and locations on NBC’s Prime Suspect TV series (2011) and Fox’s Brooklyn Nine - Nine series (2013).
From the artist... "I was raised in suburban Texas and escaped to California as soon as I possibly could. As an only child, I was obsessively creative because I had no one to play with. I am authorized to add "Esq." to the end of my name, but I choose not to, despite the fanciness it would certainly lend. In 2009, I quit my job as an attorney to pursue an art career, despite my lack of formal art training. It was a kind of crazy (awesome) decision.
Basically, I just draw things that make me laugh. I make simple, vivid, and occasionally clever watercolor & ink illustrations of food, butchery, things that are the worst, and a despondent and disaffected yellow block (you can call him "Blocky," because, well, that's his name). Also, I try to figure out the meat-analogous sub-components of everything I see. Then I figure out how to turn that into art. My 2010 daily art project - MEAT SECTIONS - was a ham-fisted (ahem...) attempt to humorously combine two of my passions - food and art. I might be a genius. Probably not.