Dotty was born and grew up on the Wirral, and now lives in a small Yorkshire village, where her love of painting has continued to grow. Using a range of mixed media- from chalk and pastel over watercolour to create a soft and whimsical quality, to acrylic paint on canvas board for a heavy textured feel- she enjoys bringing bright and colourful characters to life through her work. Dotty was attracted to drawing and painting from a young age and this led her to study art at Wirral Metropolitan College, before attaining a degree in Film and Animation at the University of Humberside.
She then spent many years working as a digital artist/animator in the computer games industry before moving on to a freelance role and, although still working in games, illustrated several novels and designed artwork for clothing lines. It was also during this time that Dotty began creating more of an art she had always wanted to make, and with the hope of making people smile.