Inspired by the great impressionist masters, Spangler paints enchanting European scenes. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dorothy Spangler, american painter, has spent most of her life in Northern California, which provides a perfect environment for her love of color and light. After graduating from the College of San Mateo with a major in art, she studied for several years under the distinguished California plein-air painter, William Ward of Los Altos.
Later, she was accepted for study under the master painter, Henry Hensche, at Cape Cod's oldest art academy, The Cape Cod School of Art. Under the strict tutelage, she learned the secret to painting sunlight, which is so prominent in her work.In her quest for new subjects, Dorothy Spangler makes yearly pilgrimages throughout Europe. She has been increasingly drawn to Paris, Southern France, Northern Italy, and the Italian Riviera for inspiration.
The profusion of color and the luminescent sunlight found in these areas affords an abundant opportunity to produce glowing canvases. Dorothy Spangler has had 34 one-woman shows. These include shows at prestigious galleries across the country as well as in Europe. She is listed in the archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. Her work hangs in such notable places as the Eisenhower Memorial Hospital in Palm Desert, Stamford University, The Monterey Institute of International Studies, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, and the San Francisco Historical Society.