Dorothy's childhood was spent in a small community in North
Hastings, a picturesque area which, at various times, attracted
at least three different members of the Group of Seven. Both
her mother and sister, along with some other relatives, were
talented artists so being an artist was something she just took
for granted. It was her family's belief that Sunday should be
spent in quiet pursuits so Dorothy and her sister frequently
spent Sunday afternoons drawing or painting. Because the school she
attended offered no extra-curricular activities and had a fixed
curriculum, she often alleviated her boredom at school by decorating
her Latin or Ancient History books with drawings of her teachers
When Dorothy was in her early teens, the publishers
of her Sunday School paper, the Canadian Girl, held monthly
competitions in art and literature, and Dorothy took pride in
seeing many of her pictures and short stories published as prize
winners or honorable mentions.
When she relocated to a larger center to continue
her education and launch a career, she found there were endless
opportunities to expand her artistic horizons and she began
taking advantage of every opportunity to learn from professional
artists and teachers. Through the many different phases of her
life, Dorothy continued to pursue more artistic knowledge and
skill; however, she never aspired to having a career in art
because she felt that doing so would require that she paint
to please others rather than herself.
She attended classes and experimented in various
media such as oils, sculpture, etching, monoprint, acrylics,
watercolours, and pastels but eventually decided to concentrate
on just oils and pastels.
Dorothy says that her life has been richer because
art has been a big part of her life and also because of the
many wonderful friends she has made through her art activities.