Canadian artist Dorothy Francis was born and educated in Saskatchewan. The cold winters of this prairie province gave her an insight into some of the living conditions of the Canadian north. She later moved to British Columbia where she began studying at the Vancouver Art School. She is widely known for endearing works of art which show her unique form of senitivity and appreciation for grace in day-to-day life. Her compositions radiate a light-hearted happiness and usually feature native children who display a loving interaction with adults, other children, puppies and the environment around them. She records the north, past and present, hoping to give us a glimpse of the Inuit way of life.
Through her acrylics, oils and pastels, Dorothy has earned wide recognition for the respect and warmth with which she portrays her fellow Canadians. She spends many long hours putting in the tiny details that make her originals so pleasing to the eye. She has exhibited in many major galleries in Canada and the United States. As a direct result of her work being shown in New York, Dorothy was commissioned to do a piece for an annual White House event reinstituted by Ronald Reagan. She received a personal letter of thanks from the First Lady, Nancy Reagan.
After having travelled across the United States, that work of art was placed on permanent display a the Smithsonian Institute. For many years Dorothy's Inuit children could be seen on calendars and note cards, and as a result of the great demand for her art, limited edition reproductions have also been published to allow even more people to enjoy her work.
Cold Enough For Mittens
Boy with Puppies
Girl with Puppies