After twenty years as a corporate lawyer, Ken Dorros decided to pursue his passion for painting. He enrolled at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, where his teachers focused on foundation skills like color theory and perspective. They introduced him to the dynamic range, unique optical qualities and rich color of oils.
Ken works as a plein air painter so that he can immerse himself in the rich details of the landscape through direct observation. He travels to scenic sites throughout New England. In particular, he loves to visit Monhegan Island in Maine because of its pristine scenery, geographic isolation and artistic history.
Ken paints in a lively, contemporary impressionistic style. He says that the key is “not what you do say, but what you leave out.” He believes that, “Like a Willie Mays over-the-shoulder catch, a great painting should look effortless and spontaneous, regardless of how much work went into it.” Inspired by the work of John Singer Sargent and John Henry Twatchman, he strives to create a free style with confident brushstrokes.
Last year, Ken explored tractors and pickup trucks as subjects for a series of paintings. He was drawn to their distinctive character and connection to Glastonbury’s rural history. While farming machinery is not traditionally considered part of a painter’s repertoire, he enjoys incorporating elements of the contemporary world into his art. Ken occasionally does commissions. While in Maine, he was commissioned to paint two paintings for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. that reside in his personal collection. He exhibits his art in Wilmington, Vermont, West Hartford and South Glastonbury Coffee Roasters.
Ken Dorros often listens to music as he works. When he brings his iPod to his outdoor workspace, it serves as “a catalyst for jumpstarting the creative process.” A variety of musicians, including Pat Metheny, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Alison Kraus, set the tone for his painting.
Ken has been an active member of the Glastonbury Art Guild since 1996. He enjoys participating in the annual On-the-Green Show, which he describes as “one of the highest quality outdoor art shows anywhere.” Last year, he won first place in 2011, and he will participate again in the 2012 show on September 8 and 9 on Hubbard Green.
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