The passing of one of Canada’s beloved Artists was announced Sunday November 16, 2014. Dorothy Marie Oxborough died at her residence at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital late Sunday evening. She was 92.
Oxborough was born in Calgary, AB in 1922, to Marie Lloyd Oxborough and William Madden Oxborough. It was at the age of 2 that her father gave her a pencil and paper to keep her occupied in his office. In this era the Stoney Indian Nation’s strikingly beautiful traditional costumes were common sights in Banff and very popular with the many tourists that visited the area. As a young girl the Stoney children became her first subjects. Her talent was obvious and quickly became a very popular local souvenir. After she had attended the Vancouver School of Fine Art, Dorothy Oxborough returned to Banff to refine her skills and to continue with her subjects of choice. Thereafter and throughout the 1950s her work sold as quickly as she could produce it.
It wasn’t long until her work was discovered to represent the Canadian image; printed and distributed across the country and almost as common as the image of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Throughout the 60s, and 70s, her work was printed and sold on calendars, post cards and eventually even on the sugar wrappers found in restaurants. Those printed images are still sold and traded around the world. Dorothy Oxborough’s career spanned 60+ years with more than 75 exhibitions across Canada and Europe.
Her most famous works include ‘Year of the Child’, commissioned by the Federal Government, and ‘We the Canadians’, a vignette of faces that conveys the multi-cultural society that Canada has become.
Her achievements in the art community were vast: She received the high achievements as a Premier Pastelist of Canada, was a Senior Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a Signature Member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists with the designation CIPA.
Dorothy Oxborough touched our hearts with her amazing sense of humor and her incredible talent. The Art community will miss her feather touch.