About Dot Goodwin...

Dot Goodwin was born at home, in a rural farmhouse in Chatam County, North Carolina to a farming family. When times became too tight, her father left farming to join the military, only to return to it once WWII was over. After another unsuccessful attempt, he reenlisted in the military and the family began to move to various bases around the country.

Dot recalls that some of her earliest interest in art was doodling endlessly on her schoolwork – much to the dismay of her teachers. She finally found her niche when the family was stationed in California during her high school years. The arts program was so advanced there, she was able to take two and three art courses a year, throughout her high school career. The family moved back to North Carolina, where Dot began to consider a career in the military as well. She had become familiar with the crafts shops on various bases and knew that there was an opportunity for a guaranteed duty station as an Arts and Crafts Specialist, so she pursued the option, since military bases were a familiar and comfortable environment to her.

She served three years at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, returning to the Art Shop as a civilian for seven more years. There she became proficient in many media and techniques; ranging from lapidary and leather crafting to wood carving, embossing and die-making and casting. She began her journey as a master framer throughout those years as well. Many of the GI’s were happy to share their knowledge of techniques learned from all over the world with her, and she was an eager and apt student.

As an active member in the arts community, Dot tirelessly volunteers her time to support others in their artistic pursuits. She has spoken to the local Artist association on numerous occasions, conducts workshops at Springbank Retreat Center and currently serves as Art Director for the Downtown Camden Guild, spearheading many efforts to bring local artists and their art to beautify the town. She has also sat on the Art Steering Committee for Pinckney Elementary School, an ABC Pilot School for the arts, at Fort Jackson, SC since 1995.

Today, Dot delights in noticing the symmetry and balance of her life coming full circle. She once again makes her home in the country on a farm with her two horses. Here she is content to surround herself with the inspiration that nature daily brings to her, living the life she loves and loving the life she lives.

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