Dorothy Dolores (Drake) Martin was born to Charles Orville Drake and Virginia Lucile Board on September 29, 1936 in Delta Colorado. She died January 7, 2016 in Fort Collins CO. She was raised in Buckeye and Bellevue areas, attending the old one-room Buckeye school, and was the great-granddaughter of William Augustus Drake, Senator of Colorado, whom Drake Road is named for. She married John Martin in 1958.
Dorothy was an accomplished artist, and was an early member of the Poudre Valley Art League (now the Art Association of Northern Colorado) where she was awarded Life Member status. She was a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado achieving Signature Member status. She was represented by galleries in Fort Collins, Estes Park, Grand Lake and Grand Junction Colorado. She loved to paint in the mountains, especially Rocky Mountain National Park and Red Rock Lake near Ward CO. She produced a considerable volume of serigraph art of Native American themed subjects as well as mountain and wildlife subjects until she could no longer do the silk screening. She then took up pastels and enjoyed that immensely, winning several awards and continued to paint until shortly before her death.
When Dorothy and John were first married, they enjoyed backpacking into the mountains and cross country skiing, even doing an overnight trip to Chambers Lake before Cameron Pass was paved or kept open in winter, and slept in a 2 person tent in minus 15º temperature. As time went on, they moved on to a travel trailer and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and three extended trips to Alaska where they thoroughly enjoyed watching Coastal grizzly bears fish for salmon at very close distances in Katmai National Park. Her most favorite travel destination was the Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, NM where she would spend hours watching birds and wildlife in their natural setting to get ideas for the “next” painting.
First Light -- Longs Peak