Dorothy Hobbs Boehm is the daughter of architect-artist Morris Henry Hobbs. She is a native of Toledo, Ohio, and grew up in Highland Park. Her first art projects were clay modeling, wood/stone/soap carving, linoleum blocks, and painting. Prior to her art career, she attended two Midwest universities and worked as a flight attendant. She and a friend opened The Clay Pigeon, a ceramics studio, in 1967. Boehm taught art classes for the Deer Path Art League.
Through email correspondence in September 2000, Mrs. Boehm explained, "The sculpture for me represents the interests of a woman who devoted her life to bringing awareness to others, especially children, through books and the study of our world of nature.”