Shortly before the time of Hurricane Katrina, Dodie had begun designing jewelry and was showing her work at a boutique and art gallery in Bay St. Louis. Unfortunately almost all of her work was lost except for a few pieces that she has now in her possession which are also part of the Survival Series and including some watercolors that were submerged and yet miraculously survived.
AFTER Katrina, Dodie and her husband, Gary spent eight months living in a FEMA trailer parked in their front yard, before starting reconstruction of their home, which, though it sustained considerable damage, was one of the few historic homes in Waveland that survived. They are still in the process of restoration but she now has a little free time to continue to pursue her love of art and the process of design. She is looking forward to having her Survivors line in the store for everyone to view and enjoy.
Dodie says, From early childhood, I was always drawing, painting, pasting, cutting. I have always been interested in multi-media. Never satisfied with one discipline, my art has always overlapped with each medium supplying growth and influence on the next work I have done. Started seriously painting when taking art classes in high school — mainly oil on canvas. While attending LSU in Baton Rouge, LA my major was fine art and my goal at that time was to specialize in graphic art.
Born as the fourth daughter into a family of musicians in Lafayette, LA, Dodie Fountain began her association with the arts at an early age. A true Grits Girl (Girls Raised In The South), she grew up in Lafayette, LA and has lived in the Deep South all her life. She relocated to the Gulf Coast some years ago and is now located in Waveland, MS, a small hamlet on the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles east of New Orleans. For more information about Dodie, or to commission special pieces, please contact a member of the Razzle Dazzle staff.