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Artist's Statement


Welcome to my website and please enjoy browsing.

I am an artist working in a contemporary abstract style. I often use recognizable objets , also non-objective shapes, and gestural marks to tell my story.

What drives me to create is as mysterious to me as it is fascinating.  I just know that I have to do it.  Creativity for me takes on many forms; painting, silversmithing, book making and three dimentional objects.

I was born in Greece where I lived until the age of ten.  Those early years of my life provide me with endless memories of inspiration.  I recall the bright Mediterranean light casting strong shadows on white houses and the intense turquoise blue of the Aegean Sea.  It's not surprising that a touch of green blue seems to appear in most of my paintings, and jewelry.

As a child I recall playing in the garden of a small museum five minutes from my house in Sparta.  Flashbacks of aged textures on marble relics and classic statues, strong fragrant roses in the formal garden and gigantic goldfish in the old stone fountains are etched in my mind.  My childhood experience, combined with the impressions of my everyday environment today are what I draw from as an artist.

Thank you for visiting.

Dorothy Ganek



Elected Memberships

American Watercolor Society

National Watercolor Society

New Jersey Watercolor Society

Allied Artist
Audobon Artist
Catherine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club
National Association of Women Artists

SPLASH | American Watercolorists
American Artist: Watercolor '94
GOODLIFE Magazine Oct.1990
"American Artists" - An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporaries 2nd Edition
Who's Who In American Art
The Best of Watercolors 2: Rockport Publishers
The Best of Watercolor Painting Compositions: Rockport Publishers
Creative Discoveries in Watermedia: North Light



Awards  (Partial Listing)
American Watercolor Society
Catherine Lorrilard Wolfe Club
Essex Watercolor Club
Garden State Watercolor Society
Hunterdon Art Center
National Ass. of Women Artists
National Arts Club
New Jersey Watercolor Society
Princeton Art Association
Salmagundi Club


Corporate Collections
Bloomingdales, VA
Brooklyn Hospital
Caldwell Banker
Canger, Shoor & Cassera, Inc.
Cardinal Health
Champion Mortgage
Dean Witter Reynolds
Esoldi Development Corp.
Grand Hotel, Biloxi, Miss.
Hoffman LaRoche Inc
Kenwood Electronics
Kessler Institute
Marsh USA Inc.
Med-Link Technology
Permanent Collection in Town of Millburn, NJ
Pfizer Pharmaceutical
PSE & Gas Co.
Reisman Sharp Kelsey & Brown LLP
Sheraton, Needham, MA
Schering Plough

SOMFY Systems
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Tap Dance Kid (set of Broadway show)
Warner Lambert

Selected Group Exhibitions
Bergen Museum, NJ
Charles & Emma Frye Museum, WA
Jesee Besser Museum, MI
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, MS
Maier Museum of Art, Virginia
Morris Museum (The Art of Collecting Fine Art)

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, NJ
Nicolasen Art Museum, WY
Monmouth Museum, NJ
Montclair Museum, NJ
National Academy of Design '90, '94, '96, '99
Noyes Museum, NJ

Pierro Gallery, NJ
Saginaw Art Museum, MI
Seton Hall University
Sotheby's - MASKS - Action 1996
Zheijiang Museum, Hangzhow, China



Paintings Featured In
Tap Dance Kid (Broadway show)
Discovery Health Channel (4-part series, "Health caps-Undercover")

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