Dorothy Macfarlane

  • How long have you been painting?

    I took some high school courses in painting and then did not have an opportunity to take it up again until after I retired from elementary school teaching. I have enjoyed taking art classes from Cheryl for the last four years.

  • Why did you first want to learn to paint?

    I knew that I enjoyed being creative with visual elements such as flower arranging. I also appreciated the work of many artists, so I wanted to venture out and try it myself.

  • What type of paint do you like to work in?

    Usually the project dictates the type of paint. I work in tube acrylics to create impasto effects and liquid acrylics for special effects such as pouring backgrounds and glazing. I paint portraits with water mixable oils.

  • Do you have a favourite subject?

    I enjoy painting people, places and flowers that are meaningful to me or my family.

  • What inspires you to be creative?

    I am inspired by shapes in nature, memories and ideas such as family love.

  • Do you have any favourite artists?

    Some of my favourite artists are Robert Bateman, van Gogh, Renoir and many of the Group of Seven painters.

  • How does painting affect your life?

    Time spent painting enables me to forget other stresses in my life. Painting also gives me a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. But I must give myself permission to be a learner on an artistic adventure!

Dorothy MacFarlane

Dorothy Macfarlane

Painting by Dorothy Macfarlane