#Celebrating 150 years of Canadian Art & Craft
By Lory MacDonald
Doris was one of my favorite Canadian landscape artists. She was a true fearless pioneer trekking out around Canada to capture the beauty of the hinterlands. Not only was she an accomplished artist, but she was very personable. When I was teaching a group of 20 young artists (age 8-13 years old) about famous Canadian artists, I selected Doris to focus on. I needed reference material for the class and surprisingly, was having a hard time finding anything locally.
On a whim when I was in Toronto, I looked her up in the phone book, and gave her a call. "Come on over" she said. " "Now?" I asked. "Yes, come for tea, I would be happy to give some help". So off I went to visit Doris McCarthy in her humble home, fondly known as Fool's Paradise, which looked out across Lake Ontario in the Scarborough Bluffs area. She was a hoot and had great stories! But would not give me a single postcard for free. She was adamant that I buy everything for my art workshop, and a little bitter I think that she had not been taken as seriously as an artist as she felt she deserved. I agreed, and purchased several postcards, 2 books, a video and a poster. I was all set to teach my class.
Additionally, at that time, Doris was having an art exhibition at the McMichael Gallery. She invited me to bring the kids to see her there and meet in person. The children loved learning all about Doris and her very interesting life and work. I did too. When the art works were completed, we took a field trip to see the show and meet Doris at the Gallery. The kids all brought their artwork that had been inspired by Doris. She was tickled, very pleased and impressed with what the kids had created. it was a memorable experience for all of us.
Her work is available at the Wynick/Tuck Gallery.
To learn more about Doris McCarthy and her long prolific art career (she painted until she was 100 years old), please visit: The Doris McCarthy Gallery