From an early age, an interest in “making” and “doing” has combined with a love of nature to influence Dorothy throughout her life. Along with drawing and painting, various needle arts including embroidery, quilting, needlepoint and knitting have vied for attention, with one taking precedence over the other at different times.
While in high-school, she studied illustration privately with a working commercial artist. After high school, she studied for a year at the Toronto Three Schools of Art, then at the Ontario College of Art and Design, from which she graduated in 1985 with a diploma in Editorial Design.
She worked for five years at Key Publishers in Toronto, then struck out on her own as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator of children’s textbooks, specializing in watercolour and pencil crayon depictions of nature.
At one point she took up knitting and in 2000 turned her hobby into a successful business, self-publishing high-end patterns for the hand-knitting world. These patterns are still available online at Fiddlesticks Knitting.
A few years ago she rediscovered her passion for painting, and this has become her focus. Two things converged to result in her present body of work. She moved from the large city of Toronto to the small town of Port Hope, Ontario. Her new home includes a fabulous studio space with bright light and large windows that look out on the natural world. Then she discovered the medium of oil paint and cold wax, and it was as if a huge, creative lightbulb went off in her head! Suddenly she began painting bold and expressive works, inspired by nature but enhanced by imagination. She combines joyful, vivid colours and exuberant imagery to create uplifting art full of life.
You can find Dorothy in her studio most days, happily painting.