Dorte Christjansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, moved to the NEW WORLD (Canada) when she was six, eventually ending up in Southern California where she attended high school and college. She received her BA in Drawing and Painting (1965) and her MA in Illustration (1972) from California State University Long Beach. Watercolor and/or silk painting (batik)are her primary mediums.
She has been represented by the Four Oaks Gallery in Pasadena, California and The Eileen Kremen Gallery in Fullerton, California. She has had several one-person exhibitions and has participated in numerous juried and invitational group exhibitions at local, state and national levels. Her work has been included in several books and been the subject of reviews and articles in local, national and international publications. Subject matter is heavily influenced by her surroundings, whether landscape, garden, botanical imagery or pets.
Her preferred materials are batik and watercolor. The art of batik, a process for using multiple layers of melted wax for creating images on fabric goes back to prehistoric times. Wax or other types of resists are applied to cloth to repel dye, the unwaxed areas absorbing dyes by immersion in dye baths. The technique has been practiced through time and throughout the world, each country developing unique tools and techniques. In process she uses to create her batiks the image evolves gradually by alternating the wax and dye process until it is complete and the whole of the fabric is covered in wax. Wax is removed by ironing fabric between sheets of tissue or newspaper (or it can be dry cleaned) and set by steaming. Instead of using dye baths, she paints the dyes on to the silk as if they were watercolors.
She was on the Art faculty at California State University, Fullerton, where she taught watercolor and illustration.