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Dorothy Joan McKay

Confirmed: Jan. 1, 2012 (Awaiting Update)

West Coast Artist, Born in Victoria, B.C., Dorothy began painting around age ten. She has always preferred the oil medium to express herself because of its unique richness of texture and its capacity for creating and representing the colours and moods of nature. Her works are collected publicly and privately worldwide, including Canada, the U.S., England, Denmark, Germany, France, and Japan. "I feel a strong need to celebrate through painting, the elements of nature. The west coast atmosphere, changing moods, weather, motion - in the air and water, are my inspiration. The patterns and movement of the water were imprinted on my mind as a child. I feel a constant urgency to capture the essence while it is fresh. Painting for me will be a lifelong passion."

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The Cowichan Valley Regional District is a broad geographic region stretching from the Malahat to North Oyster and from the Cowichan Lake to Thetis Island.

The region's artists are represented by 5 sub-regional arts councils with support from the CVRD Arts and Culture Division