Another in the series, the emphasis on this oil painting, Red Dory at Dock (18x28), is Design. Just as the construction of these dories is, by nature, simple and clean, I wanted to express their character as a painting. Simplicity is beauty, and dories express purity in their simplistic, curvy, sleek, aerodynamic design. Beautiful. The first known written documentation of dories was in 1726. Launched off beaches from coastal New England shores, they were used primarily for fishing.