All serious daring starts from within.       -Eudora Welty

My name is Dori DeCamillis, and I write, paint, and teach art. I own Red Dot Gallery, a working studio, teaching space and art gallery in Birmingham, Alabama. I’ve written three books and my paintings have exhibited at galleries, festivals, and museums across the country. My bio has the full scoop on Dori if you want more details.

Without a Net started in 2010 as a series of paintings about my mind states. I bring to canvas my inner life in an attempt to be honest with myself about my habits, traits, emotions, and behaviors. Because I’ve found the exploration of each mind-state to be incomplete with the painting alone, I write an essay for each painting to explain its inspiration and process. Without a Net Blog offers the writings, workshops, and musings that spun off from the paintings. The posts may eventually be compiled in book form. In the spirit of my painting process, Without a Net creativity and self-awareness workshops are held every couple months, and are meant to share the transformative process of making art with the intention of self-inquiry.

Thank you for visiting my blog. This project has been a powerfully moving adventure for me, and your interaction here (whether silent or more involved) makes it all the more profound.