Doris started sketching and painting in her teens but set aside all of this to enter a career of Nursing in London, Ontario. During this time she managed to sketch the occasional picture for friends and family. This came to a complete halt after graduating, as work, children, and family occupied a place of priority.
It was only after moving to Sault Ste Marie, Ontario that she eventually found time available to her. Although she continued to work as a nurse, her passion for sketching and painting is what inspires her and gives her peace and serenity of mind and spirit. Her first paintings were in oils, but, after trying acrylics she discovered that is was a more flexible medium for her. During an amazing dream experience, Doris sees life with a new perspective and a new vision. Her passion and desire for painting persisted.
Doris is now retired from her career as a nurse but continues to have a passion for painting. She enjoys painting portraits, landscapes, animals, birds, flowers as well as subjects that catch her eye along the way.
Doris sees the Hands of a loving God in all the beautiful things of life, the structure of the land, the power of nature, and the natural wildlife that accompanies each, as well as the light in the eyes of all God’s children. It is her hope that this theme is exemplified in her work and that in the viewing of her work, it might inspire the viewer to catch a glimpse of the beauty of creation.
Doris’ main medium is acrylic but also enjoys working with pencils and charcoal. She dabbles in the occasional watercolor and pastel, just for a change of pace.
As well as being the owner/manager of The Artist’s Alcove, Doris is a partner with the Arts Council and a member of the Algoma Art Society, participating in many of the organized events of both. Contact number is 1-705-575-7197.
To see a video of Doris being interviewed by Ann Gordonair at the Algoma Art Society's 2015 Spring Art Show & Sale click here: https://youtu.be/XVCsmGVGM8A