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Celebrated Springfield artist dies in house fire

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | 5:23 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — A well-known Springfield artist was killed in a weekend fire at his home.

Paul R. Dorrough, 65, died in the blaze Sunday. The cause of the blaze has not been determined, The Springfield News-Leader reported Wednesday.

Dorrough was a fixture in the 1980s and 1990s around Springfield, where he would set up his easel and paint local landscapes and buildings. Dorrough originals are displayed in many Springfield businesses.

"Most of yesterday I was going through pictures in his home," said Natalie McIntosh, one of Dorrough's three children.

In a 1987 News-Leader story, Dorrough, who graduated from high school in Springfield and attended Southwest Missouri State, spoke about spending a semester in New York City while in graduate school at the University of Tulsa.

"It was a valuable experience, being in New York, but I much prefer Springfield," he said. "The Ozarks are home, and they probably always will be."

In the same 1987 story, Dorrough said he sold 30 to 40 oil paintings a year by commission.

"All I do is see a painting in my mind and then go convince a business owner to pay me to paint it," he said.

By the time a 1996 News-Leader story on Dorrough ran, he had scaled back to about 10 original paintings a year, which went for between $3,000 and $10,000.

 


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