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PH: What is one of your favorite holiday traditions?

DD: One of my favorite holiday traditions is reading The Story of Barrington Bunny to my kids. It’s a classic Christmas Story of giving that warms all hearts during the holiday season.

PH: Tell us about one of the most heartwarming gifts you’ve given?

DD: The most heartwarming gift my husband, son, daughter and I gave to my mother-in-law was a painting my son did while he was battling cancer. It’s a colorful landscape he did one Sunday afternoon at the Glave Kocen Gallery for The Heroes’ Ball art auction where we won the bid for it! Proceeds from this annual event help struggling Richmond families who have a child with cancer and helps support Pediatric Cancer Research. It is truly better to give than receive.

PH: Describe your medium and what you love most about creating?

DD: These paintings are all acrylic on canvas. What I enjoy most about the creative process is being immersed “in the present.” Each painting starts with me leading the paint, it then takes on a life of its own and begins to lead me. Back and forth like a dance.


Dandridge received her B.A. with honors in Studio Art and English in ’89 from Hollins College. After stints in marketing, sales and film production in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Wilmington, NC this Richmond, Virginia based artist returned in 1997 and began to paint full-time. She paints large, abstract acrylics and smaller encaustics. Influences stem from growing up in Europe and post graduate travels to Kenya and Tanzania. Dandridge is represented online by Robin; Robbins Fine Art Consultants, Palette in Richmond, VA and Harris Fine Art in Charlottesville, VA. Her work is held in many private and corporate collections including the Federal Reserve.

Inspired by her son’s battle with cancer, her Healing Series was exhibited at VCU Health Massey Cancer Clinic at Stony Point, Richmond, VA in 2016. Dede was nominated as a Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia 2017 W.I.S.H. Honoree (Women Inspiring Strength and Hope) and helps raise awareness and funding to grant children’s wishes.

“There are times when we need a break from society. Our souls are yearning for a non-verbal place, a higher elevation on which to reflect. From this vantage point we can see nature in an abstract form. Identify basic human emotion. This is both rare and magnificent. My intention, when painting, is to elevate the viewer to this state. For a brief moment the viewer is challenged to let go and allow their minds to relax on the simple forms of nature through texture, shape and color.”


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