July 7, 1910 – November 25, 2010
Doris McCarthy (CM, OO, LLD, RCA, OS.A, CSPWC) was a much loved and celebrated artist, writer, teacher and friend. With memberships in the Royal Canadian Academy of Artists (1951) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (1951, President 1956-1958), her receipt of five Honorary Doctorates from five Canadian Universities, and her induction into the Order of Ontario (1992) and the Order of Canada (1986), she is, perhaps, the foremost female landscape painter in Canada. McCarthy was a lifelong learner and graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 1989 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree.
“My only regrets are my economies (never my extravagances) – particularly those of spirit and love.”
Though immersed in the dedicated pursuit of her creative passion, she always made time for other people and was often surrounded by close family and friends. Her sense of adventure and compassionate encouragement of others shone through as a Canadian Girls in Training camp counsellor, in her forty years of teaching art at Toronto’s Central Technical School (1932–1972), and continuing throughout her lifelong journey. She left a collection of more than 200 works of art and extensive archives to the University of Toronto Scarborough on her passing in 2010.
Excerpts from the Doris McCarthy Gallery