Dorrie Rifkin


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MEDIUM: Drawing | Watercolor 
SPECIALTY: ✔ Generalist

I changed careers from an advertising art director to watercolor artist in 2010. It took hard work, luck and talent.

It took hard work, luck and talent. This would never have happen if I didn’t take a workshop in 2010I and a master watercolor artist saw something in me, that I didn’t see in myself. He gave me the confidence in my ability, direction and tools to help me. I have been lucky that I have had many mentors that generously have helped me. Now it’s my turn to pay it forward.

An Englewood, NJ, resident, Dorrie paints from her passions. Thirty years’ experience as an award-winning art director ignited and cemented a life-long love affair with typography. Her other passions — music, New York City, and family – are palpable in her work. Every painting has a personal story. Her paintings have been accepted in over 100 international and national juried shows, and are exhibited in private collections, worldwide. She also have won awards in many of the these shows.

She is part of the Paintings on Loan Program and has paintings in Kathmandu and Muscat Omen Dorrie was featured in the article “Ones to Watch,” Watercolor Artist (December 2010), and her work was selected for Splash 14, 15, 17,18, 19 and 20. Her painting, “Leaving the Highline” was selected for the cover of Watercolor Artist magazine (February 2015). She is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the Northeast, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Garden State Watercolor Society, New Jersey, In 2023 she became a Master Signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Dorrie teaches local classes in New Jersey, workshop through the US and online classes.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


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Specialty: ✔ Generalist



Composition & Color

Supplies and tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend

Teaching How to Self Critique


Providing Art Critiques


Technique Demos





Website Design


Shows & Exhibits


Marketing & Branding


Logo Design





Selling Online


Products, Prints, Reproductions

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~ Elizabeth, Emerging Artist


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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe

Step 1: Have a Full Great Life.
I enjoy friends, family, travel, art and good music. No matter where I go, I always remember to take my sketchbook and/or camera. The opportunity for inspiration can be found in surprising places.

Step 2: Structure and Planning.
Here is the only step where I take control. I make a tight, detailed drawing. This gives me the freedom to not worry about missing the image I want to capture.

Step 3: Painting and Trust.
I have been an advertising art director for over twenty years. My eye naturally goes to typography, bold color and design. I just stop thinking and then it’s all instinct. My biggest concern while I am painting is making sure I don’t stick my paintbrush in my diet coke instead of my water.

Step 4: Inspiration.
I allow others to see my work and contribute.

Step 5: Go back to Step 1.

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