Dorothy was probably one of the only students in her elementary school that would spend time in the summer holidays leaving the bustling City of Vancouver every weekend by boat. Her family had an old cabin cruiser called the Sharon L that enabled us to travel through Burrard Inlet over to the coves on Bowen Island. Today, she still likes to be out on the water in a canoe or kayak. Staying close to nature and being outdoors has definitely shaped her art.
As a graduate from UBC with a degree in Education, Dorothy spent many happy years teaching school in Penticton. After having two children, sheI was active in the community volunteering, and then serving as an alderman, and then Mayor for the City of Penticton. Following seven years in local government, returning to teaching provided her with an opportunity to take art education courses offered through the University of Victoria from Dr. Sharon McCoubrey. It was then that Dorothy found
participating in the practical work, and preparing programs specifically designed for students, that visual art became a passion.
In the last ten years,Dorothy had the opportunity to pursue art full time. She paint scenes of the beautiful Okanagan land of sage and antelope brush, as well as the lake environment . She cherishes the landmarks that identify specific locales, and are reflected with a spiritual beauty and mystery. Using bold colours, capturing the light, and emphasizing mood, her paintings become a celebration of nature. Currently,Dorothy has an “active” status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.