Dorothy Siemens

Art-making has always been a part of my life. While in high-school, I studied illustration privately with a working commercial artist. After high school, I studied for a year at the Toronto Three Schools of Art, then at the Ontario College of Art and Design, from which I graduated in 1985. Following careers in graphic design, illustration and knitting design, I now paint full-time.

Two things converged to result in my present body of work. A few years ago I moved from the large city of Toronto to the small town of Port Hope, Ontario. My new home includes a fabulous studio space with bright light and large windows that look out on the natural world. Then I discovered the medium of oil paint and cold wax, and it was as if a huge, creative lightbulb went off in my head! Suddenly I began painting bold and expressive works, inspired by nature but enhanced by imagination. Influenced by nature’s beauty and bounty, by decorative art and by repetitive patterns, I combine joyful, vivid colours and exuberant imagery to create uplifting art full of life.