Meet the Author

Artist Dorothy Fagan

Dorothy Fagan Author Artist


At seven, she knew she would be an artist. When the nuns handed her a box of colored chalks, she painted a picture of the Virgin Mary on the blackboard. As a young mother, she sent her delicate pastel landscapes, off to win international recognition, while she did the twins' diapers. After an attacker threatened her life, she lost her ability to paint them. Her incredible journey to Joy's Garden began in Provence, where she discovered the colors within and the purpose of her artistry though writing.

Dorothy Fagan’s art is licensed worldwide. Her original paintings and textiles are collected by Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France, Longwood Art Museum, Farmville, Virginia, City University of New York, U Mass Memorial Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Camp LeJeune Mental Health Center, Towne Bank, AAA, and Vir Biotechnology.

Her works have been included in exhibitions at The Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of Canada, the Copley Society, Boston, MA, the National Arts Club, NY, the Virginia Museum, Richmond, the Hermitage Museum, Norfolk, VA, and Virginia Contemporary Museum of Art.

She holds a B.F.A. from East Carolina University in Printmaking and Painting, and completed a ten-year American Masters Painting Mentorship with Robert Bowers Mayo, Richmond, Virginia.

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, she lives in Virginia with her husband and dog, and has three sons and seven grandchildren.