Dorothy Krakauer was born on the Indian Nations Reservations at Columbia Falls, Montana. Her unique background instilled in her an extensive knowledge and great love of nature, which she has come to express through her artwork. Each rendition, whether in pencil, oils, pastels or watercolors is characterized by personal experience with her subject. Intimacy and movement are achieved by careful brush and pencil strokes, color choice and diverse reflection of light. Her technique enables her to portray the individual character of each subject.
Dorothy's world travels have allowed her to paint, sketch and photograph subjects on location in Asia, Europe, Canada, South America, Turkey and the United States. While living in Tokyo from 1966 to 1967, Dorothy studied oil painting with Shunjiro Nakamura, a Japanese Living National Treasure. And while living in Izmir, Turkey, Dorothy created an original oil painting of Saint Francis of Assisi in the sanctuary of the then 101-year-old Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist. The painting was designated a National Art Treasure of Turkey.