Art of the Week: Dark Woman

Dorothy Atkins

Santa Clara County Branch NLAPW

Dark Woman

Acrylic, 18” x 22”


Dorothy Atkins comes from a family of wonderful story tellers and has been creating her own stories with words and color since she was a child. Her grandmother would often tell her “to not only look but to see.” Self taught, Atkins has mainly concentrated her efforts in acrylics and oils but has recently taken up watercolors too.


Atkins is inspired by her colorful dreams of the people and places that left an impression on her. “Being surrounded by a lifetime of wonderful, intelligent, courageous, beautiful, strong and gentle women, Dark Woman presented herself to me in different forms. I painted her because I had to.”


Several of her paintings have won awards and are in the homes of collectors around the world.


Attention Pen Women! We’d love to see your best work for possible publication as Art of the Week. Please review the general submission guidelines on our web site and send only one work per email as a low resolution file. Put Art of the Week Submission in the subject line and provide the information seen in the posts (title/medium/name/branch). Your submission may then be made to Darlene Yeager-Torre at Thank you!


  1. Sara Etgen-Baker says:

    Dorothy–truly magnificent, and I understand being inspired by the people and places to which you refer. My current novel is a reflection and meld of the people and places in my life carefully crafted and cloaked in the veil that is fiction. The idea for my novel presented itself to me, and like you, I wrote it because I had to!

    Anyway, I digress. Thanks for having the courage to do what you do.