Doris Richardson began painting on her own as a child in Napanee, Ontario. Although she has worked mostly in isolation, she is one of the few Canadian women artists to have exhibited steadily throughout

her career. 

Her development took an important turn 1n 1955, under the influence of the Finnish artist Peevo Airola. They met when he was spending some time in Canada farming north of Cobourg, and Mrs. Richardson persuaded

him to teach art classes there. Through Airola, she became the only native Canadian in the Color and Forms Society, whose members included New Canadians such as Tony Onley, Jack Reppen and Mary Schneider. Mrs. Richardson exhibited with that group for six years.

With Alan Jarvis and Lionel Massey, the artist was instrumental in starting the East Central Ontario Art Association in 1959, and in arranging the first traveling art exhibitions between Toronto and Kingston.

Another turning point was a three-year painting excursion in Spain (1969-1971), where she frequented the Prado and was strongly influenced. by the work of Velasquez, particularly his “Las Meninas."  "He painted flat,H she notes, "No color perspective -- just line perspective.”  Mrs. Richardson works towards expressing motion in colour, with the least emphasis on brushwork and subjects.

After spending twenty years in Port Hope's historical showpiece, “The Bluestone," Mrs. Richardson moved to Toronto in 1971, where she met the artist and scholar Barker Farley. "Barker has encouraged me enormously in my work,” she says. Divorced with three grown children, Mrs. Richardson ran a rooming house on Spadina Avenue. "Painting is a continuing compulsion with me,” she says,” and I have to make a living so that I can do it.

Doris moved to her home in Wellington overlooking Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County where she lived until she passed away in 2006. She will be greatly missed.

Doris Richardson has exhibited at Hart House, Trinity College, the International Art Exhibit in Detroit, and galleries in Toronto, Hamilton, London, Michigan, Part Hope and Madrid.

Doris showed her work continuously at Mad Dog Gallery from 2001 to 2006 and we have the great pleasure of having her remaining paintings still available in our gallery.