Dot likes to stretch your imagination with shapes and movement bigger than life. Her Northwest themes are exuberant, with colorful, well-balanced design and a willingness to take risks. As a well known Alaskan of award winning watercolors and public art commissions, she has also been art juror, artist in residence, amateur theater set designer, and past board member of the Alaskan State Council on the Arts. Dot's early career included deck-handing on a work boat and raising her family in remote fish canneries.
Being born in New York and raised on the East Coast hardly prepared her for her early adult life as a deck-hand on a fish tender or raising her family in Alaska canneries. She lives in Seward and is the former owner of Bardarson Studio, an art and fine craft gallery in Seward, Alaska.
Dot was the Master Artist for the 2007 Seward mural showing Exit Glacier in its prime. It measures 52 feet wide by 20 feet high.