Abstract Landscapes
Created by Dorothy Gill Raymond


My abstract landscapes explore the relationship between fragments of different geological elements—water interacting with the land; fire interacting with ice; light and shadow on rocks or trees. I want to evoke an emotional response to the dynamics of the interaction I portray.

My "Origins" series suggest something emerging, originating from the void.

My "Water" series explores the interaction between water, rock, vegetation and bare land in the arid western United States.


Origins III


40" x 27"

The relationship between light and shadow intrigues me. Underwater colors depict organic fragments as they emerge, recede, float and overlap. Stitching enhances the contrast of textures and colors to create depth and movement to suggest something new, a mystery originating from the play of water on the rocks.






49" x 34"


I paint with fabric and thread; layering shapes, fabric textures and colors and stitching all together to create an imaginary, abstract landscape that explores the patterns created when sunlight and shadows interact. Estuary was inspired by looking at many different aerial views of water, tidal marshes and islands. I imagined them as the water rises and recedes, tidal currents flowing back and forth, hiding and revealing geographic features.





private collection

44" x 25"

 Darkness leads into light into darkness again; the whirlpool of colors scatter hope even in the darkness.







29 inches x 48 inches

Juried into Primal Forces: Earth, a Studio Art Quilt Associates traveling exhibit opening September 1, 2021 at the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky.  

"Changes," D'art Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 2019 

Under the Western Sun, SAQA Regional Show, 2018

Front Range Contemporary Quilters Portfolio 2017




Fourth in my "Water" series 


"Origins II"

Juried into FACE of Fiber, Estes Park, Colorado June-July 2019

29 inches x 40 inches

Private Collection

Exploration of light and shadow with colors from the deep forest. The organic fragments interact to reveal something new, originating out of the void.



Juried into Visions 2018

44 inches x 28 inches

Private Collection

Fabric has texture and depth that I used to explore the relationship between fire coming out of the void and interacting with ice. 



"Where the Water Runs Free"

triptych, 20" x 40"

Corporate Collection

This triptych, second in a series, explores how water interacts with the land in the arid West of North America.  Rock, sand, water, sky and shadows combine into new patterns. 




exhibited in 75: A Celebration of New Works in Fiber 

the Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, Colorado


eight pieces, 15 inches by 7.5 inches each

private collection

This eight-panel piece continues my exploration of water interacting with the land. Drought is almost a perennial issue in the west. A dry lake bed gradually filling with water inspired the first panel. Rock, sand, water and shadows viewed from above combine into new patterns.



"After the Flood"

Juried into Front Range Contemporary Quilters Portfolio 2014

23 inches by 13 inches


In September, 2013, Colorado was hit with unprecedented flooding.  I tried to express the chaos of roads and homes washed away, rivers overflowing and debris piled on top of each other and the hope of life continuing, represented by the sun.