Born in Texas in 1949 and raised in Georgia, Dorethey is one of four daughters born to a Dutch immigrant and a Tennessee mountain man. She still resides in Georgia among the beautiful, rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Always creative, Dorethey began her art as a child; she spent hours making doll clothes and drawing out scenes from her vivid imagination. Besides her visual art, Dorethey has written short stories and poetry throughout her life; she often includes an original poem on the reverse side of her paintings.
It was not until she developed arthritis that Dorethey discovered she could paint. As her ability to grasp a needle worsened, she transitioned from embroidery and cross stitch to another outlet for her tremendous creative energy – painting. Now she fills her days and nights painting with acrylic paint on canvas. Her original works feature wide custom-made frames which are painted to make them an integral part of her art. A reoccurring theme in her work features angels placed intricately among every-day scenes, and her settings of rolling foothills are reminiscent of the scenery near her home.