Dorothy Tinning in her Art Room

For those who love the earth

  • Brief Biography:
  • I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I was probably one of the only students in my elementary school that would spend time in the summer holidays leaving the bustling City of Vancouver every weekend by boat. We had an old cabin cruiser called the Sharon L that enabled my parents, and my three sisters and I to travel through Burrard Inlet over to the coves on Bowen Island and other islands in Howe Sound. In 1971, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Education, and started teaching school in Burnaby.

    Since moving to Penticton in 1973, I still enjoy being out on the water in a canoe or kayak. Staying close to nature, and being outdoors has definitely shaped my art. I spent many happy years teaching school in Penticton. After having two children, it was not long before I was active in the community volunteering, and then later serving as a councillor starting in 1983, and then Mayor for the City of Penticton from 1996-1990. Following seven years in local government, I found returning to teaching provided me with an opportunity to take more art education courses offered through the University of Victoria transfer program. It was then that I found that participating in the practical art work, and preparing programs specifically designed for students, that visual art became a passion of mine once again. Since 2006, I have been a full time artist working out of my studio in Penticton. I have active status with the Federation of Canadian Artists and was proud to give a talk about my art work at the Penticton TEDx conference held in 2012 in Penticton, British Columbia, and as part of Okanagan College Speaker's Bureau in March 2016. I have a large body of work on exhibition and for sale at Spirit Ridge Resort, and Dorothy's Fine Art Studio. I was commissioned to do a painting for the Lieutenant-Governor, Steven L. Point, which was presented to him at a private ceremony at Government House in Victoria B.C, in September 2012. It was my pleasure to donate a large original painting titled, Springtime, Mahoney Lake, to the Nature Trust of BC for their silent auction. My original Acrylic on Canvas paintings are represented by Tutt Street Gallery, Kelowna, B.C. Currently I volunteer at the Penticton Art Gallery with artist Glenn Clark for the Kids@Art program every Thursday afternoon. Most days you may find me in my studio happily painting!

    In the last ten years, I have had the opportunity to pursue my art full time. I paint scenes of the beautiful Okanagan land of sage and antelope brush, as well as the lake environment . I cherish the landmarks that identify specific locales, and are reflected with a spiritual beauty and mystery. I use bold colours, capture the light, and emphasize mood, as my paintings become a celebration of nature. Currently, I have “active” status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.

  • Artist Statement:

The underlying theme in my paintings tends to be a celebration of the uniqueness of our beautiful local landforms that reflect the beauty and mystery of the Okanagan area. Since I feel immense joy when I am outdoors, I am inspired and connected to the spiritual side of expressing what I see in nature. That moment in time when I am sensitive to the many signs of a people before me, their gathering places, and the waterways that were used to sustain the people in this area over time, sustains me, and provides a personal depth to my art work. I use vibrant colours of acrylic on canvas to express my excitement of painting what I observe, and what I believe in and wish to share with others. A quote attributed to Chief Seattle, Salishan Nation, helps direct my work, “This we know, the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected, like the blood that unites us all.”