Dotty, as she is known to her friends in the Bohemian quarter of Miami, was born in Birchington-on-Sea in Kent, England and studied Art at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London and, from 1916-1918, the Slade School of Art.
While at The Slade, Dare was invited by Martin Cholmley and Alister Crownly to join the latter's Abraxus Workshops, a design enterprise founded by members of the Golden Circle Occult group and established in July 1913 with the intention of providing graphic expression to the essence of the Golden Circle ethos. D.D. first exhibited with the Abraxus Workshops in 1918.
Following a disastrous post war residence in Paris, Dotty seized upon an offer to work with the Coalware artist Marcel Crumpe in the U.S. and has been an established part of the Miami's "Greenwich Village on the Beach" Bohemian Art and Occult scene for the last two years.
To support her fine-art work, Dotty has to do some teaching at local schools and colleges, writing for arty and Theosophical magazines and journals, and the odd commercial commission.
Miss Dare is unmarried.