Retired and living in New Tampa, Dorothy Banker sometimes draws from her childhood memories as a painter. Her “Grandpa’s Boat” pastel painting was inspired by her memory of her grandfather who would keep a rowboat tied to a tree at a reservoir for weekend fishing in upstate New York, where they lived.
Banker’s art will be on display Sunday through Aug. 10 at The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, as part of her one-woman art show, “Random Observations and Memories.”
She likes to use vibrant colors in her paintings.
“Colors definitely have a personality and excitement,” she said. “Colors have a mood but I don’t dabble much in the darker or paler side.”
Banker said she has always loved arts and crafts. She’s not afraid of getting her hands in the paint.
“Right now I am working with joint compound on board and it is messy enough to keep me really entertained,” Banker said. “It also has a mind of its own.”
Her “Moonlight” mixed media painting was the first one that began her experimentation with joint compound on board and acrylic paint.
“I actually created it as I worked it and could see something take form,” she said. “This genre is the result of a two-day workshop I took last month, which was experimenting with water base paint on many surfaces. I’m always stretching myself especially when I’m in a slump. A new approach or interest is the spark.”
Banker has been taking art classes and attending workshops at the Life Enrichment Center in Carrollwood for the past six years.
Some of her favorite classes include the drawing class and opening painting sessions. She has also taken classes in Cubism, water color, writing, nutrition and knitting/crocheting.
“The Life Enrichment Center provides excellent teachers and always a great mix of people making the classes fun and instructional, providing a boost to my creativity,” she said. “The feedback from other students has also been valuable to my projects.”
Retired from IBM, Banker worked as a contractor for Verizon for several years.
She is also involved with the Tampa Art League and the USF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which has classes for seniors.
“This is my first show at The Bunker and it’s always exciting to have a show, especially a solo,” she said.
Jayne Lisbeth, who organizes the art exhibits for The Bunker, said the opening of “Random Observations and Memories” is June 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.
“Painting has been a life-long passion for Dot, having been inspired by her mother at an early age,” Lisbeth said. “Dot is drawn to paint images from her childhood and her current life in Tampa. She is inspired by woods, lakes, streams, old barns, farms, flowers and life as she views it. Color is especially important to Dot.”
Lisbeth said Banker’s artwork is permanently on display in the corporate collection at Image One Corporation and at the Life Enrichment Center.
The Bunker is open Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information on the art show, call (813) 231-2579.