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Meet the Family of Artists: Jed Dorsey

Jed was born in 1976, during a ten year stretch where his dad Jack Dorsey, was supporting the family as a full-time artist.  As the youngest (April is 4 years old and Jason 7 years older), Jed was much loved.

From an early age his was encouraged by his mom, Ann, and dad to sketch and provided the materials to do so.


But Jed, who was athletically gifted who excelled at football and especially baseball, was more interested in sports than art.

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Still art was always a part of his life. One example was that was his participation in the Dorsey Family Art Booth at the Stanwood-Camano Fair.

In 1987 Ann, seeing what it cost to send the kids to college came up with the idea to sell his art, and the art of other family members, at the Stanwood-Camano Fair that runs each August. Her vision was to use their pickup truck as the booth, hang art off the sides, and hope that the many nice people and friends of the family would stop and purchase a piece or two. Jack designed and built the portable “Dorsey Art Gallery” which could be found at the “Best Lil’ Fair in the West” for the next five years. Ann was right: many of the Dorsey’s family and friends, and the nice people of the Stanwood-Camano area, supported them in this family effort. Ann remembers the father of Jed’s friend Eric Hughes, Dr. Hughes, a dentist, bought a couple of Jed’s paintings at the fair each summer. “It was a great encouragement to Jed.”


Jed’s life as an artist was to blossom after he married his beautiful Canadian wife, Renae. On a trip to Whistler, British Columbia, in 2001 they stumbled on some galleries showing vibrant oil and acrylic paintings. That very week during their vacation he bought his first acrylic paints and spent hours painting in this new medium. He loved it, and thus began the journey that would result in his following his father’s path as a full-time artist.

Jed discovered that he had an eye for design, light and color in his acrylic paintings. His early paintings show the striking, even epic, style that would emerge.

In 2011, after spending ten years in Vancouver, BC, where Jed worked full-time as a house-painter and part-time as a church worship leader, Jed and Renae moved to Indianapolis. Their daughter Willow was born in 2012. Jed helped at the church Jason pastored, worked as a house painter and then as a Young Life leader before he launched out as a full-time artist in 2016.

Jed is rapidly becoming known as an artist who captures the beauty of nature in urban landscapes. 

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Jed not only is a gifted artist but an inspiring teacher. Students have fun in his workshops and flourish under his warm encouragement and coaching.

Jed’s art is being collected by people from Canada to Indiana to Washington and beyond. He paints places that people love.



Here’s a recent video about Jed:

You can view more of Jed’s art at

Jack Gunter and John Ringen: Camano Island Master Artists

Camano Island is recognized as a major cultural center for the Visual Arts in the Pacific Northwest. One of the reasons for that is the sheer number of artists who call Camano Home. There are more than 1,000 artists in the Stanwood/Camano area, with a population of 20,000 that means about 5% are artists. In a ranking by the National Endowment for the Arts the highest per capital number of artists was found in New York State with 1% of the residents being artists. Compare that to the Stanwood/Camano area with a whooping 5%. The Stanwood/Camano area is home to a “colony of artists.”

More important than the numbers in this colony of artists is the presence of Master Artists, those artists who are brilliant at their work.

Last Monday, Dad and I spent time with two of these Master Artists – Jack Gunter and John Ringen

Jack Gunter

Dad and I ran into Jack after a lunch at the Tyee Store on the south end of Camano (did you know they are serving delicious sandwiches there?). Jack is an unique mix of gifted artist, writer, filmmaker, and cultural innovator.


It was fun to get a tour of his super cool Gallery/Studio which is a cultural must-do-thing on Camano.

What struck me most was just how absolutely gifted – brilliant would not be hyperbolic – Jack is and how wonderful his work is. His birds in trees laden with snow were beautiful.

Jack is known for his symbolic egg tempera pieces. There were lots of those artworks to enjoy.

Jack shared with us the story of how some of his art had been detained in Siberia and his recent rescue of those artworks after 20 plus years of their “captivity” in Russia. You can read more about that here; there’s also a film that’s being released that tells that story.

Best of all was watching Dad and Jack Gunter shoot the breeze, tease each other, and share in the collegiality of artists who deeply respect each other’s work.

Jack Gunter says this on the back cover of Dad’s biography Jack Dorsey: Sketch of an Artist.

When I moved to Camano Island in the 1980s, I was told the only artist out here was a fellow named Jack Dorsey. I sought him out, but Jack said he didn’t paint anymore because he was working full time at Boeing. Baseball, particularly the Mariners, became our bond. When we ran into each other at the Elger Bay Grocery we talked sports. All the while I pushed, told him he was a legend and should get back to art. It worked. These days I take some credit for Jack’s re-emergence as a painter.

John Ringen

After talking with Jack Gunter, Dad and I decided to stop by John Ringen’s home. John Ringen is a past president of the Northwest Watercolor Society and Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters and a Master Watercolor Artist.  I have gotten to know John’s wife Vicky through serving on the Camano Arts Association board with her. John welcomed us and gave us a tour of their beautiful home and his art studio.

All I can say is “wow, it is amazing!”


Perched on the cliffs at the south end of Camano, their home has a breathtaking view.


But it was the artwork – most of it John’s – that fills the walls upstairs and downstairs that I gazed at most. I took pictures of each painting. They don’t do justice to the sheer magnitude and beauty of the work. Here are a few artworks from upstairs.

Downstairs the walls were also covered with amazing art. John’s drawing desk that looks east onto the water.

Then we the building with Gallery (downstairs) and Studio (upstairs) where John works his magic.

The downstairs Gallery was full of John’s art. He’s getting ready for the upcoming Camano Island Mother’s Day Studio Tour.

Here’s a few videos I shot of the John’s upstairs working studio. What an amazing place!

Over the years I had seen John’s work in different galleries and exhibitions in the Northwest. But to see not just a few works but his artistic legacy filling his home, gallery and studio was impressive.


It was fun for me to watch Dad and John interact. I’m thankful for the collegiality and friendship shared among Camano’s artists.

John has these kind words to say on the back cover of Dad’s biography:

Jack Dorsey, I’m impressed with all parts of your life–you’re a fine family man and a very accomplished artist. 

Seeing the Galleries/Studios of Jack Gunter and John Ringen reminded me of just how amazing the art culture is on Camano Island.

You can see Jack Gunter’s and John Ringen’s Galleries/Studios with your own eyes on the Camano Island Studio Tour.

  • Mother’s Day Weekend: May 12th, 13th 14th
  • Encore Weekend: May 20th & 21st
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm

You can read more about Camano Island’s Studio tour here:

and here:

Five Generations of Artists: Meet April Nelson

April Nelson is the daughter of Jack and Ann Dorsey, Granddaughter of Sayre Dodgson and great Granddaughter of Fanny Y. Cory.

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April as a baby surrounded by her mom (Ann), Grandma Sayre, and Great Grandma, FY Cory. 

She was raised on beautiful Camano Island with her older brother Jason and younger brother Jed. Growing up they played imaginary games for hour upon hour and creativity blossomed.

Growing up in a family of artists gave April a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to fine art at a young age.

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This exposure created an interest in and an appreciation for the arts, namely painting and drawing.  As the years went by, April pursued this natural interest by reading books and taking classes and workshops from many great artists whose works she admired.  Through the years, she has appreciated input from family members who enjoy giving a friendly art critique on paintings in progress.  To share the enjoyment and pursuit of creating art with her family has been a lifelong joy.

 April Nelson, Island Roses, mixed media, 300 dpi

April’s desire to share the natural beauty of the world through art continues.  Whether attempting to capture the rich colors of dusk on a slough in the Skagit Valley or the thundering rise of a flock of snow geese, creating art is about seeing and thinking together, appreciating the beautiful world that God created and not taking it for granted.  She hopes that her art will communicate this to the viewer.  April strives, as Monet once said, “To paint as the birds sing.”

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Five Generations of Artists: Meet Sayre Cooney Dodgson

Agnes Sayre Cooney was born in 1907 to Fred and Fanny Cooney (Five Generations of Artists: Meet Fanny Y. Cory).  From infancy she was called by her middle name, Sayre.

Frederick (Fred) and Fanny Y. Cory Cooney hold Agnes Sayre Cooney (married, Dodgson)

Later the family was joined by brothers Bob and Ted.  Their home was a ranch of 1,800 acres in western Montana on the Missouri River, a few miles from the small town of Canyon Ferry.

Fanny Y. Cory Cooney with children, Agnes Sayre, Robert Fern (Bob), Ted (in arms)

Photo: Sayre with her mom and brothers on the ranch in Montana

Sayre’s nationally famous artist mother, Fanny Y. Cory, encouraged Sayre to draw and felt she had great artistic talent.

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Photo: A drawing of Sayre’s when she was 12 years old

A dream was born that someday Sayre would go to a good art school and receive further training.

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Photo: Sayre talking to her mother, Fanny Y. Cory.

In 1929 – 1930 this dream came true.  Fanny Y. Cory accompanied 22 year old Sayre from Montana to Pennsylvania and the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Sayre began her official schooling as an artist.   She completed several years of training there.

Photo: Sayre at art school in Philadelphia with some of her classmates.

However, Sayre was caught in a changing time in art where “modern art” was admired at the Academy and traditional art was looked on as lesser.   Sayre was a traditional artist whose strong talents lay in being able to artistically render any subject she saw.

So she didn’t feel at home at art school nor was she an artist/illustrator artist like her mother who could make things come alive from her imagination.  Sayre needed to see what she was drawing.  Somewhere during this time,  her brother (finding it impossible  to not compare his sister’s art with that of their mother’s) said, “Sayre, you have talent, but not genius.”

Sayre Cooney heads East ending her journey in Philadelphia, Penn for art school

Photo: Sayre  on her trip home to Montana after leaving art school stopped to see the sites in NYC.

During this time of uncertainty in her life, Sayre read a book about Hull House in Chicago where Jane Addams made a huge impact on the needs of people there.  She decided she wanted to do something with her life where she was helping people.  Sayre chose to become a nurse and that is just what she did. The day she graduated as a nurse, she married medical doctor, Thomas Dodgson and they began a new life together.

Art became an enjoyable sideline which she used occasionally in her everyday life, one example being the drawings she made in the journals she kept documenting each of their four children.


Photo: Sayre’s drawings of her daughter Margaret. 

Sayre threw herself into parenting raising her and Doc’s four children: Margaret, Thomas (Bud), Robert and Ann. In 1947 they moved from Moroni, Utah to a 30 acre farm on Camano Island where Sayre nurtured her growing family and kept the bustling household thriving.

Fanny Y. Cory, or “Meetsy” as her family called her moved to Camano Island in 1952. Sayre was a founding member with her mother of the  “Grunt and Groan Club” where family members of all ages painted small “alla prima” watercolors together as they visited at Fanny’s house.

Sayre Dodgson, Fanny Y. Cory (Cooney), Robert Dodgson, Sayre's oil ptg from art school on wall, Fanny's Camano home
Photo: Sayre, Meetsy and Robert. 

Even though Sayre did not pursue a career in the arts she was a lover of beauty, especially of  art, music and poems. She always wanted to hear a song or a poem. And she knew many poems by heart. Her daughter Ann learned her first poem, The Daffodils by William Wordswoth, when she was braiding her hair each day.  Ann grew to love the poem, and many others, because her mom loved it. Sayre passed down this love for poems by giving her children and grandchildren the book 101 Famous Poems, most of which she knew by heart.

And though Sayre couldn’t carry a tune (any musical ability her kids had came from her husband, Doc Dodgson) she loved singing, songs, and she wanted to hear what her loved ones could do along that line and never wearied of being their best listener.

In short, Sayre was a wonderful supporter and encourager of art and creativity in her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. She purchased paintings from Ann for $15 and gave them as wedding gifts; she also bought paintings from her grandchildren, giving them their first taste of their art being valued by someone!

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Photo: One of Ann’s art/calligraphy pieces that Sayre purchased.

When she was elderly and being cared for by her children, grandchildren and their spouses, the “Grunt and Groan club” was revived in her home. Grandchildren painted, songs were played, poems recited and creativity blossomed.

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Sayre was a beautiful combination of Scottish hard work and frugality and the Irish love of beauty and creativity. She was neat, hardworking, diligent on one side of her and a lover of beauty in every form on the other side of her.  On top of that, Ann swears on a stack of Bibles, that she can’t remember even one time of hearing her complain or show self pity.  She walked in beauty and thankfulness.

Sayre died at the ripe old age of 104, beloved, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, having left a legacy of art and poems and music that lives on in the generations that followed her.

Five Generations of Artists: Meet Jason Dorsey

Jason Dorsey, Owner and Artistic Director of Sunnyshore Studio, grew up with paintbrushes in his hand. He was born in 1969 in Seattle and raised on beautiful Camano Island, WA. His dad and mom encouraged him as an artist from an early age.

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Jason discovered his ability to paint watercolors when he was sixteen. One day he was bored so he went out to his dad studio, took out a full sheet of watercolor paper and launched in on a painting. The painting turned out great, and his dad and mom saw his interest and gifts and took him for a lesson to northwest watercolor artist Wes Broten who taught him the glazing technique. His junior year at Stanwood HS Jason placed in the top seven in a statewide high school art contest.

Jason attended Corban University where he had a solo show of his watercolors and sold out! He donated the money to the tuition of his college sweetheart, Jenny Wallace. In June, 1992 he married Jenny. Jason and Jenny have four children: Jacob, Julian, Judah and Jacqueline.

From June 1992-May 1993 Jason’s art career flourished. He was serving a year long pastoral internship  at Camano Chapel on Camano Island. During that year he painted seriously. Each week he joined a group of gifted artists for tea at the Calico Cupboard in La Conner, then joined them in painting on the scene, so called plein air painting. He worked for Skagit Valley College extension, teaching an art class on Camano Island as the Senior Center. And he painted. During that year Jason entered and was accepted in many national watercolor exhibits including the San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition, where he won the jack Richeson Award, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society 47th annual exhibit, the Western Colorado Watercolor Society, the Beaver Marsh Art Bash (Mount Vernon, WA), and Spring in 2 Dimensions (Anacortes, WA).

In the summer of 1994, Jason put away his brushes and moved to Chicago, IL, to complete his seminary training at Trinity International Divinity School which he graduated from in 1995 with a Master of Divinity and an MA in Systematic Theology.

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Since that time, Jason’s art has been woven into his ministry as a Presbyterian Pastor. He served as an assistant pastor at Green Lake Presbyterian Church, in Seattle from 1997-2002 where, among other things, he organized Art Nights where universal themes like longing, beauty, mercy, and laughter were explored through diverse original art mediums such as painting, drama, dance, film, music, and literature.


Jason led Redeemer Presbyterian Church in downtown Indianapolis, IN from 2002-2015. This church was a great fit for Jason. The old historic building owned by the church was shared with the Harrison Center for the Arts, an art and cultural development organization ( During Jason’s tenure, the graceful partnership with the church and arts organization flourished. There were four Galleries in the building, over 30 artists had studios in the building, and each year over 100,000 guests came through the facility for art and cultural events alone.

During his thirteen years in Indy, Jason had two solo art shows. One of them was a series of paintings of Indianapolis where he merged his gifts as a watercolor painter with his love for the city.

Another highlight was in 2014 when the Harrison Center hosted a show for the Dorsey family of artists which was the first time the entire family had displayed their art together in a Gallery. It also brought the family together for a holiday on Lake Michigan!

In September 2015 Jason and his family moved to Redmond, WA where he now serves as pastor of Redeemer Redmond ( In March 2015 work began Sunnyshore Studio. Jason’s dream since 1998 had been to build an art studio/gallery next to his parents called Sunnyshore Studio that would showcase the family’s art legacy and be a vibrant working studio for artists and creative people. Living in Redmond allows Jason to oversee the development of Sunnyshore Studio.

The mission of Sunnyshore Studio is to share beauty with the world. This is done through hospitality at the Studio, as well as through art, books, music and film. Plans are also underway for the revival (in October) of the “Grunt and Groan Club” whose goal is inspire people to make art each week.

Besides being an artist, Jason is a writer. He enjoys merging art with writing. In December 2015 Jason’s children’s picture book I Remember Fishing with Dad was published. It is the first of a 12 book I Remember series that weaves story and art to explore universal themes through the eyes of a boy growing up on an island. His next book, I Remember Running Through the Woods is scheduled to be released in September 2018.

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Recently, Jason wrote and collaborated with his family to illustrate a coffee table book titled The Beaches of Camano that was released at the grand opening of Sunnyshore Studio on December 2016.


Here’s a video made of the grand opening of Sunnyshore Studio.

Jason’s currently writing a biography of his dad, Jack Dorsey, that will be released in June of 2017 titled “Sketch of an Artist.”


Jason’s faith in a God who is Creator and who makes us in his image drives his own creativity. His passion as a pastor is to help people understand their God-crafted identity and God-appointed calling. The discipleship path he created called “Identity Mapping” helps people understand their identity and step into their calling.

Jason is also passionate to see the colony of artists on Camano thrive. He is a member and on the board of the Camano Arts Association ( whose mission is “that Camano Island will become recognized as a major cultural center for the Visual Arts in the Pacific Northwest.”

Five Generations of Artists: Meet Ann Cory

Ann Cory is the name Ann Cory Dodgson Dorsey uses in signing her artwork.

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Ann is something like artist royalty, being named after her national known grandmother, Fanny Y. Cory, who illustrated books and magazine covers and stories in the early 1900’s and later went on to have two syndicated comics strips for over 30 years.

Ann, who grew up on Camano Island, had the privilege of watching her grandmother paint pictures daily and illustrate the comic strips during her growing up years.

Also during these years, Ann was an active member of a family painting “club” (known as the “Grunt and Groan Club”) – which included her famous grandmother and other talented family members.

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Ann married Jack Dorsey, a fine art painter known in the Northwest particularly for his watercolors and has learned informally from him through the years.

Ann and Jack moved to Camano Island for Jack to launch his professional art career. When her family was young, Ann Cory explored the world of professional art and had some success with her watercolors in local shows, winning a cash award in the Edmonds Art Festival.

However, as her family expanded, her art career was put on hold and she happily threw herself into caring for and loving her children and husband and supporting them all as each either continued in their art or became established as artists.

In 2005, Jed Dorsey, Ann’s younger son, challenged his mom to paint in acrylics like he does and his interest and enthusiasm has been the catalyst that has launched Ann Cory back into the art world – this time not as a watercolorist as before, but as an acrylic artist.

In actual training Ann has taken classes in high school, the University of Washington and several local workshops. She has an extensive art library which she has studied during the years. In some ways she is self-taught, and in other ways she has been mentored for years by the professional and excellent artists in her family.

Ann Cory, Beach Treasure 14 x 18 acrylic

Ann is especially gifted in capturing what she loves most, children and flowers. You can view more of her art at

Five Generations of Artists: Meet Jack Dorsey

In 1969 Jack Dorsey, his wife Ann and six month old son Jason, moved to Camano Island to make a go of it as a full-time artist. They lived in a little white cabin on what used to be an old fox farm.

Jack is a lifelong resident of Washington State. He graduated from Seattle Pacific University. He has to his credit two one-man shows at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and a one-man show in Tokyo, Japan. Jack Dorsey’s art has been collected by the Frye Art Museum and the LaConner Historical Museum along with numerous corporations and private collectors throughout the U.S.A and Canada.

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Jack is a former president of the Northwest Watercolor Society and a past member of the Puget Sound Group of Painters. Currently he is a life member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and a member of Oil Painters of America. He also is a member of the Art of the Palouse group of painters. He worked as a full time artist from 1969 to 1979 until he went to work at the Boeing Company as a technical illustrator.

Jack’s emergence back into the art world came in 1997 after retiring from the Boeing Company after sixteen years at Boeing.

In the past few years, collectors again started to find Dorsey’s fine art during the annual Mother’s Day Studio Tour on Camano Island where he makes his home. Jack Dorsey is known for his watercolors which can be described as impressionistic realism.

Jack tries to capture mood and intrigue in his paintings which causes the viewer to ask questions and study his art and personally relate to it in some unique way. Painting something common to experience but uncommon to expression is his goal. Whether a person, place or thing impacts his emotions is all that counts. It is very difficult to create originality and the emotional impact that he desires, but Jack’s paintings that have the desired technique and mood stand the test of time.

Recently, Jack illustrated his son Jason’s book I Remember Fishing with Dad and collaborated with family members on the paintings for The Beaches of Camano.

A biography of Jack’s life is going to be released in June 2017.

Jack Dorsey Book Cover - March

You can pre-order copies here.

Video Sketch and Documentary

Enjoy this 7 minute sketch of the life and legacy of Northwest vintage watercolor artist Jack Dorsey and this longer, 30 minute, Documentary of Jack titled “Sketch of an Artist.”

The longer documentary video is here:

You can find more of his art at

Five Generations of Artists: Meet Fanny Y. Cory

In this first of a series on the five generations of artists in our family, Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to introduce to you the matriarch of our family of artists, Fanny Young Cory, known as “Meetsy” to us.

We are also excited to announce that in October (2017) we will celebrate Fanny Y. Cory’s 140 year birthday anniversary with an art show, documentary, and release of a biography that shares her story, stunning illustrations and significant cultural legacy through her family.


Fanny Young Cory was born in 1877. In 1895 an 18 year-old Fanny Young Cory attended the Metropolitan School of fine Arts in New York City. By the turn of the century, she was one of the best known illustrators in the country. She did covers and illustrations for St. Nicholas, Life, Scribner’s Century, Harper’s Bazaar and The Saturday Evening Post.

She also illustrated many books including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1902) by Lewis Carrol, and several books by Fank L. Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz. Who’s Who of American Women listed F. Y. Cory in the First Edition, Volume One.


Fanny married Fred Cooney in 1904. They lived on a ranch near Helena, Montana, while raising their three children.

Many of her illustrations from this period reflect life on the ranch.


In the mid 1920s she moved into newspaper cartooning and by 1936, King Features Syndicate carried both her famous “Sonnysayings” and her “Little Miss Muffet” strip in newspapers throughout the country. She was listed in King Features’ Famous Artists and Writers.

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As a diversion during this period of the late 1920s and early 1932s, Fanny painted in watercolor what she considered her finest work. We now call this collection the “Fairy Series” of which these reproductions are a part.

In addition to her other accomplishments, the popularity of her work led to the publishing of several books of her own and in 1951, Fanny Y. Cory was named Mother of the Year for the State of Montana.

Mom and FY Cory

Soon afterwards she moved to Camano Island, Washington where she continued her cartooning career with King Features Syndicate until she retired in 1956 at the age of 79. This was after a 36-year run of “Sonnysayings” and a 20-year run of “Little Miss Muffet.

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At the cottage, F.Y. Cory continued her cartooning for King Features Syndicate for many years and later just for fun painted one small watercolor every day looking out her window at the changing seasons.


Fanny also inspired her children and grandchildren to paint. She started the Grunt and Groan Club. You had to be a serious artist to be “juried” into this club. Participants in the club were expected to paint at least one painting a week. Ann Dorsey remembers painting many paintings trying to be juried in. She was finally admitted to the Grunt and Groan Club when she was twelve.  Meetsy led the way, painting almost every day.

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Fanny named the beach below her cabin on Camano “Montana Beach” in honor of her beloved ranch on the lake in Canyon Ferry, Montana. There she excelled as a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, reading stories late into the night to her grandchildren among other things.

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Fanny Y. Cory left not only a cultural legacy of her own art and illustrations, but through her large family is making a significant cultural impact today. Sunnyshore Studio looks forward to sharing more of Meetsy’s story, art, and cultural legacy in October with an art show and release of a documentary and biography.

Fanny Y. Cory is Ann Dorsey’s grandmother, and the great grandmother of Jason, Jed Dorsey and April Nelson.

You can learn more about Fanny Y. Cory here:;  On Wikipedia at:; and in a Montana Women’s History magazine at:

Thomas Williams Jones: Nationally known artist to be showcased on Camano’s Mother’s Day Tour

Sunnyshore Studio is pleased that a long-time Dorsey friend & one of America’s premier artists, Thomas William Jones, has accepted our invitation to include three watercolor paintings in this year’s May exhibition, part of the Camano Island Studio Tour (Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12th, 13th, 14th.Encore Weekend, May 20th and 21st, 10:00am-5pm, Sunnyshore Studio #5.)

Tom Jones

Thomas William Jones was born in Lakewood, OH in 1942 and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1964. Jones’ watercolors have been influenced by the smaller spaces of his native OH and the vastness of the Pacific NW. Regarded as a master in watercolor, he is known for his refinement of texture and delicacy of brushwork. Jones has painted since childhood and his entire career has been devoted to fine art. He is currently represented by A.J. Kollar, Seattle Washington. Jones and his wife, Carrie, reside in Snohomish, WA.

Thomas Jones’ painting “Primroses” (Watercolor, 8.5 X 13.5) will be one of the three beautiful works of his featured. For further inquiries call Jason Dorsey at 317.209.6768.

Thomas William Jones, Primroses, 8.5x13.5

Thomas Williams Jones Exhibitions (Selected)
“150 years of Ohio Still Life Paintings” (1865-2015), Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH; 2016.
“American Watercolor Movement” (1880-2015), Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH; 2016.
Numerous solo exhibitions in Seattle, WA and Carmel, CA; 1968-present.
Artists of America, Colorado History Museum, Denver, Colorado, 1980 through 2000.
Great American Artists, Cincinnati Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Hubbard Museum, ‘Art Award of Excellence’, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, 1993 
        (Traveling Exhibition to Russia & Berlin, followed).
Celebration of Northwest Art’, Governor’s Mansion, Olympia, Washington.
Prix de West Invitational, Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1980-present.
154th American Academy of Design, New York, New York.
American Watercolor Society’s Annual, New York, New York.
Watercolor U.S.A., Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri.
Butler Institute of American Art, 36th Annual, Youngstown, Ohio.

Museum Exhibitions

‘Three Decades of Watercolor’, Frye Museum, Seattle, Washington
Washington Open, Seattle Today, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Works On Paper, Northwest Today, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Honors (Selected)
Presidential Christmas cards; officially commissioned by the White House for President and Mrs. Reagan, 1985 through 1988.
Officially commissioned by Vice President and Mrs. Cheney for the Vice Presidential Christmas Cards, 2002 and 2003.
National Academy of Western Art, Gold and Silver Medals, Western Heritage Center Museum,Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
112th American Watercolor Society Bronze Medal, National Academy Gallery, New York, New York.
Rocky Mountain National Award, First Place, Golden, ColoradoAmerican Watercolor Society’s 108th Annual, Ted Kautzky Award, New York, New York.

2008 Seattle Times, Feature, Feb 20
2007 Fine Art Connoisseur April
2002 Seasons Greeting From The White House, by Mary Evans Seeley, cover painting
1996 Southwest Art, December issue feature article
1992 A Nation’s Pride, Art In The White House, White House Historical Association
1985 Southwest Art, September issue cover article
1981 American Artist, Northwest Artists Eye Of The Raven
1979 American Artist, September issue

The 19th Annual Camano Island Studio Tour 2017 information:

  • Mother’s Day Weekend: May 12th, 13th 14th
  • Encore Weekend: May 20th & 21st
  • 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunnyshore Studio is Studio #5: 2803 S.E. Camano Drive, Camano Island, WA

Jackie and my Business Trip Adventure

Sunnyshore Studio is dipping our big toe into the book publishing world, so I I scheduled a meeting with Shelley Houston of Just Dust Publishing (JDP). Shelley had graciously offered to let Jenny and I stay as her Bed and Breakfast in McMinnville, OR and to answer any questions we had.

Unfortunately Jenny hadn’t been able to come with me, so I asked Jackie if she would be my “business trip” companion instead. We had a wonderful, magical time.

Sunday afternoon we drove to McMinnville, OR in Wine Country. We had dinner on the rooftop of McMenamins on the fifth floor of the enchanting Hotel Oregon.


Remarkably, Jackie, who is a picky eater, finished her gourmet burger. The tater tots were delicious too!


Then we went to Beauty and the Beast which I found very touching.


On Saturday, we enjoyed breakfast at the Crescent Cafe in downtown McMinnville. Their coffee cake was huge, warm and delicious.

We came back to the B & B and met with Shelley. Shelley was super helpful in this new and somewhat intimidating venture. I took copious notes.

It was a beautiful day. So when we wrapped up our meeting with Shelley we decided to head to the coast. We took Hwy 18, then cut over to Tillamook. The back roads of Oregon are absolutely beautiful and windy; logging trucks race scarily by. But they are worth it.

We stopped and had ice cream at the bustling and famous Tillamook Cheese Factory. Finally we arrived at Bayview and the Ocean. Which. Was. Absolutely. Beautiful.

Jackie even got her feet wet in the Ocean.

We stopped at Mo’s, a famous clam chowder restaurant. And walked on the beach at Canon Beach, enjoying spectacular Haystack Rock.


Then it was the long drive back to Redmond, listening to music and then the NCAA Championship game, including crossing the bridge from Astoria, OR to WA State.

Ahead of us is the publishing of at least one more book, the biographical sketch about dad. And there’s another book in the works too. Who knows what the future holds.

Jack Dorsey Book Cover - March

But for Jackie and I what was most important was that we got to spend almost two full days together learning about book publishing, but, more importantly having a wonderful, magical adventure together.

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