Dorothy Tunnell is a Southern California native who graduated with her bachelor’s from Whittier College, double majoring in Visual and Literary Composition and Asian Cultural Studies. She considers herself a mixed media artist in the broadest sense. She exhibited work in the Greenleaf Gallery in both ‘07 and ‘10. Her piece “This is Not a Peach” was published in the Allegheny Review in ‘08, and was also presented at Yale University School of Art by Endi Poskovic. Her poem, “Amma and Appa: Life as Puja” was published in the Literary Review ‘09. Additionally, she had her first solo exhibition at Wardman Gallery in ‘10.
She has both lived and studied in Tamil Nadu, South India, where she plans to return and live again. While living in Tamil Nadu, she taught art classes to orphaned and underprivileged children with the Vidiyal program in Madurai. Upon her return, she began teaching cartooning to children with the non-profit-organization Artists of America and is currently doing so. She is also in the process of writing a creative non-fiction work on her life in India. Soon, she will begin an epic project with Tony Barnstone, a prolific poet and translator, illustrating his graphic sonnet collection. All the while, she is working on her portfolio for graduate school and reading as much as she can.