Who was Doris McCarthy?

Doris McCarthy (1910-2010) was one of the best-known Canadian landscape painters of the late 20th century. She began her artistic career in 1926 with a scholarship to the Ontario College of Art. McCarthy began teaching at Toronto’s Central Technical School in 1932.

She joined the Ontario Society of Artists in 1944 and became its first woman president in 1964. She was also elected president of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor in 1956, and was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1974. McCarthy retired from teaching in 1972 and began devoting more time to her painting. Having travelled extensively, McCarthy leaves a legacy of work that has been exhibited and collected across Canada and abroad.

McCarthy was named a Member of the Order of Canada (1986) and the Order of Ontario (1992). She was a recipient of five honorary doctorates and an Honorary Fellowship to the Ontario College of Art and Design.