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Dido Thayer



Dido Thayer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Boston, and Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Artist Statement

My paintings are about an experience of nature, an internalized landscape. I am interested in the inherent verticals and horizontals found in nature, the edge where things meet or dissolve.
Thayer’s inspiration is drawn from nearby fields and marshlands. The emotionally evocative landscapes depart from pure realism to intensify the moody and dreamlike quality of these places. She is far more interested in conveying the atmospheric effects of a place than providing the details of an actual scene. She is known for her use of Venetian plaster as an under layer in many of her paintings which imparts a richly textured and earthy ruggedness to the surface of her panels.

Gallery Affiliations

Soprafina Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston MA


2009 Recipient of A.R.T Grant Berkshire Taconic Foundation
1994 Recipient of Lawrence Kupferman Memorial Award.

Artworks in Museums and Collections

The Gund Collection, Boston, MA
The Edgar Astaire Collection, London, England
Palomo de Sagrera Collection, San Salvador, El Salvador


Studied with Rob Moore & Marcia Lloyd


1990-1994 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA – BFA in painting, graduated with honors.
1996 Harvard College, School of Visual Arts and Environmental Studies, Cambridge MA – Lecture Series, Drawing into Painting.