Art Statement and Resume

Artist Statement

My art is about our relationship with nature; the kinds of feelings we have towards the environment and how we affect it. Forests represent the primal, unconscious realm of the mind, the deep place where we lock our secrets within. It's no wonder so many fairytales take place in the dark, unknown of the forest where we learn our lessons and dream our dreams. Sometimes hidden in my paintings are faces, words, even toxins destroying the environment. I do this to cause others to think, and use their imagination. It's my way of entering the unconscious.

I paint what I feel when I look at a tree or flower, the spirit of the plant. This is the experience I wish to share.



As a child, Sarina Dorie dreamed of being an astronaut/archeologist/fashion designer/illustrator/writer. Later in life, after realizing this might be an unrealistic goal, Sarina went to the Pacific NW College of Art where she earned a degree in illustration. After realizing this might also be an unrealistic goal, she went to PSU for a master’s in education to pursue the equally cut-throat career of teaching art in the public school system. After teaching in Portland, Korea and Japan, Sarina now teaches in Springfield, Oregon. Sarina shows locally and internationally and her illustrations have been published in magazines and publications. In addition to her art, she has performed belly dance for audiences with up to 500 people and writes stories and articles, including for as their sexual health reporter.





M.Ed. April 2004 Licensure in art: K-12, and Masters in Education at PSU

B.F.A. May 2002 Illustration, Pacific Northwest College of Art

A.A. 2001 Art, Clackamas Community College


Grants and Awards

2001 First prize in juried exhibit Mollala Art Show, Mollala, OR

2001 Hoyt C. Wilson Scholarship PNCA, Portland, OR

1999 Lee Hutchinson Grant CCC, Oregon City, OR

1999 Second place in photo contest Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, OR


Solo Art Shows

2009 "The Secret World of Trees" Esquisse Cafe Gallery, Sapporo, Japan

2009 "The Spirit of Trees" Continental Gallery, Sapporo, Japan

2007 "The Spiritual Life of Trees" Albina Bank, Portland, OR

2007 "The Spiritual Life of Trees" LV's Restaurant, Portland, OR

2006-07 Art in the Embassies Tegucigalpa, Honduras

2006 "The Spiritual Life of Trees" Colosso, Portland, OR

2006 "Metamorphoses" Mount Hood Community College, OR

2005 Featured Artist Tiny's, Portland, OR

2005 "Portraits of Trees" Bread and Ink, Portland, OR

2005 Featured Artist Macadam Starbucks, Portland, OR

2005 Bark Fest Holocene, Portland, OR

2005 Featured Artist Kalga Kafe, Portland, OR

2004 "Portraits of Trees" Littman Gallery, Portland, OR

2004 "Portraits of Trees" Woman Tree Gallery, Portland, OR

2003 "Portraits of Trees" Mount Hood Community College, OR

2003 "December Artist" Windows Alive, Portland, OR

2003 "Night and Day" Gongsan Gallery, Taegu, South Korea

2002 "Paradise Lost" Doll Gardner Gallery, Portland, OR

2002 "The Spirit of Nature" Another Moon Gallery, Portland, OR

2002 Opening Show Whole Foods Market, Portland, OR

2002 "The Healing Power of Nature" Statscript Pharmacy, Portland, OR


Group Exhibits

2008 Group Show Bella Perla, Portland, OR

2007 "Portraits of Trees" Albina Community Bank, Portland, OR

2006,2007 Large Works Bella Perla, Portland, OR

2005 Bark Fest Holocene, Portland, OR

2004 "Works in Process" Backspace, Portland, OR

2004 "Fresh Air" Belinki and Dupri, Portland, OR

2002 "Conversations with Trees" Pacific Northwest College of Art, OR

2001 Artist of the month Art Media, Clackamas, OR

2001 PNCA featured artist Feldman Gallery, Portland, OR

2001 "Garden Show" Skylight Gallery, Clackamas, OR

2001 "Intervals" Pauling Gallery, Oregon City, OR

2001 "Big Paintings" Northview Gallery, PCC, OR


Public Collections

2004 "Library Mural" Oregon City Library, Oregon City, OR

2003 "Acrylic Painting" Sohn, Chang Hwa, Taegu, South Korea

2001 "Lindane 1" Lindy's Donut Shop, Oregon City, OR


Published Illustrations

2009 "Spirit of the Season Series" Earth Speak Online Magazine,

2008 "Fitting in Like a Gaijin" 2008 JET Journal, CLAIR Publishing, pg 86

2008 "Cooking with what you've got" How To Do Everything In Japan, CLAIR Publishing

2007 "Fitting in Like a Gaijin" Polestar, Hokkaido Japan, Cover art, December




Speeres, Richard, "Portraits of Trees." Portland Mercury. June, 17, 2004, Vol. 5, No. 3.

Verzemnieks, Inara, "Starting your own work in process," Oregonian. February 15, 2004, page E


Bunker, Lisa Marie, "If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to paint it. . . ." The Advocate. Fall 2003, Arts and Entertainment:

Taylor, Dawn, "Murals, Paintings, Music, Dance," Clackamas Review, July 12, 2001, page B 5.