Dorothy Dent grew up in County Durham. She studied Fine Art at Teesside College of Art (foundation) and Bath Academy of Art (BA Hons).

Dorothy returned North to teach at Cleveland College of Art & Design (foundation studies, first year course leader) and then at QESFC where she was Foundation Studies Course Leader. During this time she painted and received Commissions and was invited to become involved with the Art into Hospitals project, including the creation of two Murals for the Memorial Hospital Co. Durham.

Dorothy moved south in 1991 and has painted full time since then – exhibiting in galleries in the north and South of England.