Welcome to Dorothy Fillmore Studio in historic Windsor, Connecticut, where I create and teach art. Thank you for your interest. I hope you enjoy browsing through my gallery of portraits, still lifes and decorative art.

My portraits are painted in the style of 18th and 19th century American and English portraitists. Clients can choose portraits that are faithful reproductions of antique originals or can commission period-style interpretations painted with a likeness from photographic reference. These are especially fitting for those looking to furnish their period homes with art.

As a realist painter, I specialize in Sharp-Focus Still Life Oil Painting (Trompe l'Oeil). Throughout the entire process of creating my still life paintings, I pay meticulous attention to detail, to development of color value, and to a sense of depth created by layers of paints and glazes. This approach to the painted surface closely resembles the chiaroscuro style of early Dutch still life painters.

My love of antiques and antique ornamentation led me to study decorative arts as both practitioner and historian. I have been a juried member since 1978 in The Historical Society of Early American Decoration - a painting guild committed to researching and recording historically authentic patterns and maintaining standards of excellence in the reproduction of early American design. Through years of study with master craftsmen and artists in the organization, I have perfected the various techniques of restoration and replication of antique designs for furniture and other decorative ware.

I have won awards in numerous regional and national exhibitions and am a member of several art organizations. I have taught at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC, the Isabel O'Neil Studio Workshop in NYC, the New Britain Museum of American Art in Ct., Seton Hall University in NJ, Fletcher Farm School for Arts and Crafts in Vt., and Brookfield Craft Center in Ct. My work is represented in private collections and has appeared in national publications such as Traditional Homes and Early American Life. I attended Paier College of Art in Hamden, Ct.

My Friends

The Historical Society of Early American Decoration (HSEAD)