About

Dora Homann is an American painter, graphic artist and entrepreneur. Born in New Jersey, she moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a careen in art. After receiving a BFA degree in Fine Arts and Education from Parsons School of Design, in her freshman year she began her formal training as a painter with Stuart Diamond and ended her studies at Parsons studying with Kestitus Zapkus. Immediately after college she worked as a display artist for Bonwit Teller. Throughout her career, she worked with prominent artists such as Charles Fazzino and freelanced in Manhattan's leading advertising agencies through CTI and Update graphics.

Dora has since traveled extensively to most European countries and Russia where she spent many summers studying independently the art of european artists and movements. In addition to her studies she painted landscapes and cityscapes on location in Italy, France and Germany. While in Munich she met her husband Henry and returned to the United States with him. They reside in Sparta, New Jersey with two children, Markus and Kathryn, and live in an original lake home from the early 1900's.

While living in the States, she continued painting and studying with Caesar Borgia, founder of the Riley League, Valeriy Skrypka, Ukrainian eastern contemporary painter, Dorian Vallejo, American portrait artist, and Jonathan Talbot, American collage artist. Her fine art and graphics have been displayed in numerous groups and juried shows and are represented in both corporate and private collections. Dora's other ventures include teaching art and music, and decorating with faux finishes. Her career was further enhanced when she opened up a custom framing business in Sparta, New Jersey.

Artist Statement

As a student and emerging artist in the early 1980's, I lived and studied in the heart of New York's avant garde movement. While at Parsons where I intended to study commercial art, I felt very lucky to have experienced and discovered the art of painting. I was inspired by the abstract expressionists of that time which enabled me to paint "with the freedom to improvise". Even though I ended up working as a graphic artist, painting on canvas has always added a deeper dimension to my professional career and became a life long pursuit.

My early paintings represented human emotions and were similar to DeKooning's action paintings. Throughout my travels abroad my style changed as I was inspired by scenes and people from different walks of life. At the present time, plein air is my favorite way to paint because as I am painting on the spot, I can grasp the feeling of the subject better. When time or distance makes this impossible, I rely on my camera to photograph the subjects. Focusing on inner peace through my art still to be found in the world, I am inspired to bring out the light, romance and aesthetic beauty in what is assumed to be ordinary.