From Colombia to the United States, Doris White paved the way for her Children to have better educational opportunities.
Doris came to the United States in 1988 where she found hairdressing, a creative outlet that could also make a living. However, it was not enough. She needed more of an outlet. After returning from a trip to visit family in Colombia, Doris became inspired to paint after seeing her brother’s artwork. In 1999, she cultivated her inner artist by painting and showing her art with Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas. Her first painting was accidentally left out for display before it was finished and had an interested buyer. A friend at the gallery called her and wanted to know how much she would like to sell it for. Doris quoted a ridiculously high price thinking there was no way they would go for the price, since it is not finished. The buyer agreed to the price. Doris had sold her first painting! There was no turning back now, Doris knew right then that she had, indeed, found her creative outlet.
Doris traded her scissors for a paintbrush and painted full time in her private studio for several years. She began making a name for herself by hosting art shows in her Lake Worth home, which she and her husband designed. Her art was also displayed at the Osteopathic Hospital, Evelyn Segal Gallery, the Fort Worth Art Community Center Gallery, and the Milan Gallery.
In 2009 Doris’ art work won a contest to be used as the advertising materials for the Jazz By The Boulevard festival in Fort Worth. Her painting was turned into posters, banners, flyers, t-shirts, and bags. To be chosen from the many applicants was a great honor and further validation of her skill.
Doris has continued to hone her craft; painting constantly. She has turned some of her art pieces into one of a kind purses, which feature a custom work of art tailored for each purse. In late 2015, Doris and her Husband moved to Hollywood, Florida where she is showing her paintings and purses in the DeBilzan gallery. Today, she is painting in Art N Form Gallery’s studio, where she continues to find her artistic voice and refining her style. “When I am painting, I feel like a butterfly. Free. If I don’t paint, I get depressed. If I paint, my pain goes away.”-