Dorri Thyden has been involved in art projects for more than 20 years in Washington, D.C., California and Arizona. Inspired by the vibrant colors and larger than life landscapes of the southwest, she likes to create large, bright and vivid paintings with a creative perspective. She focuses on everyday objects or themes and applies a unique spin and massive splash of color. With her background in government, law and politics, Dorri also gravitates towards creating political art that depicts themes related to civic engagement and awareness.
Dorri developed her style with an eye towards simplicity. She uses art to contradict the complexities of the world by creating unassuming, colorful images that convey myriad of messages. She usually paints using pure, bright colors, only occasionally mixing or graying colors and enjoys extending the lines of objects to illustrate a motion of melding colors. She uses color to inspire and believes that art can play a pivotal role in lifting spirits and balancing quality of life – not only by appreciating art but creating it.
In 2018, Dorri opened Puerta’s Gallery – a gallery dedicated to creative expression, critical thinking and community engagement. By combining her experience in politics and civics with her love of art, Dorri opened Puerta’s Gallery to serve as a creative outlet for people to learn and engage in policy and politics through art.
Dorri holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in International Security and Economic Policy from the University of Maryland.
Her favorite quote is from Picasso – “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Her work has been shown in galleries and various exhibitions throughout the years. Including:
Solo Show, Artful Politics, Puerta’s Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Kinship and the Politics of Healthcare, Puerta’s Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Group Show, Altered State and the Complex Emergence of Legalized Marijuana, Puerta’s Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Juried Show, Art as Politics, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
Solo Show, ArTechtic, Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA
Solo Show, Capitol Colors – Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
Solo Show, Inspire and Influence with Derede McAlpin – Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
Group Show, Triptych Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Private Solo Show, Perspectives, Private Residence, Washington, DC
Private Solo Show, Petal Burst, Private Residence, Washington, DC
Exhibit, Spoonz Cafe, Phoenix AZ
Exhibit, Pacific Design Center, Crestron Showroom, Los Angeles, CA
Exhibit, Arizona Art Alliance Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Exhibit, AZ House of Representatives, Phoenix, AZ
Exhibit, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Washington, DC
Exhibit, Delta in Skin, Paradise Valley, AZ
Exhibit, The Lead Group, Phoenix, AZ
Participant, Urban Arts Project, Washington, DC
Participant, Arizona Art Alliance, Phoenix, AZ
Participant, Sunnyslope Art Walk, Phoenix, AZ