Dorothy Sandlin was born and raised in Chicago. Her formal art training was at the Art Institute of Chicago, American Academy of Art, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art and Arizona State University. She has studied individually with distinguished artists Albert Handell, Ramon Kelley, Wolf Kahn, Sally Strand and Charles Vickery. While her educational background has been in art, she only began painting seriously in 1989.

Dorothy has won many awards in juried competitions and her paintings are included in many private and corporate collections. She has been elected a signature member of both the Pastel Society of America and the Midwest Pastel Society. Her work is featured in The Best of Pastels and Pastel Inspirations, both from Rockport Publishers. In 1998 her painting White Sands of Time was among the top 200 works in the prestigious Arts for the Parks national competition.

In the summer Dorothy can be found painting on location in public and private gardens as well as the Indiana dunes. Recent special locations were Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, where Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted and Giverny, France, where Monet painted his water lily works and scenes of the Normandy countryside. In winter months she creates finished works in her studio from studies and photos taken in her travels. Winter months are spent in Florida, where she paints tropical landscapes.