DorothyPainting Spotted Lake

  • Artist Statement:
  • An important underlying theme in my art work is that since we interact with nature and are surrounded by it, we need to learn ways to appreciate, respect and care for our biosphere. The landscapes I create are a place, in particular the Okanagan, but the work is meant to have a universal spiritual essence that invites you to participate with your own response and vision. The essential interaction between us as human beings and nature, is in creating harmony, peace, and balance when we see ourselves as an integral part of nature.

  • Brief Biography:

I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. One of my favourite times as a child was leaving the bustling City of Vancouver every weekend by boat in the summer. We had an old cabin cruiser called the Sharon L that enabled my parents, and my three sisters to travel through Burrard Inlet over to Bowen Island. My dad was a marine watercolour artist, and I spent time observing his technique from an early age. As a graduate from UBC with a Bachelor of Education, I began teaching in Burnaby, and then Penticton. Moving to Penticton in the beautiful Okanagan, provided many outdoor experiences. Staying close to nature, and being outdoors has definitely shaped my art. I spent many happy years teaching school in Penticton. After having two children, it was not long before I was active in the community volunteering, and then later serving as a councillor (elected as Dorothy Whittaker) starting in 1983-1986, and then elected Mayor for the City of Penticton from 1986-1990. Since my children were in high school, I found it was time to step down from local government and return to teaching part time. This provided me with an opportunity to take art education courses offered through the UVic transfer program with Dr. Sharon McCoubrey. I found that participating in the practical art work, and preparing programs specifically designed for students, that once again visual art became a passion. Volunteering with the Penticton Art Gallery for four years up until 2017 with the Young@Art Group was also rewarding. Since 2006 I have been a full time artist working out of my studio in Penticton, B.C. I was proud to give a talk about my art work at the Penticton TEDx conference held in 2012 in Penticton, British Columbia and as part of the Speaker’s Bureau for Okanagan College. Currently I have art work on exhibition and for sale at Spirit Ridge Resort Gallery, Osoyoos, Tutt Street Gallery, Kelowna and Dorothy's Fine Art Studio, Penticton. In 2012, I was commissioned to do a painting for the Lieutenant-Governor, Steven L. Point, which was presented to him at a private ceremony at Government House in Victoria B.C. The Meadowlark Nature Festival invited me to be their featured artist, and consequently I had a solo exhibition at the Penticton Art Gallery in June of 2017. Visitors are welcome to tour my studio, and hear about how nature inspires my art, and view the new releases that I am creating.

For those who love the earth