Dottie began creating artwork in junior high school, particularly painting people with the hope of becoming a dress designer. She later designed and sewed many of her daughter’s clothes, including her wedding dress. Other hobbies she enjoyed were crocheting, beading and tole painting. With her arm strength weakening after a diagnosis of ALS in 1998, Dottie searched for another way to continue creating art and found a computer paint program. This artwork took more than 72 hours to complete.