|Title||Down to the River|
|Dimensions||H-102 W-406 cm|
Dorothy Knowles (b. 1927, Unity, Saskatchewan) is one of Canada's top landscape painters. She studied art in the late 1940s and early 1950s at night school and summer school in Saskatoon and Emma Lake and briefly in London, England. A turning pointing her career came at an Emma Lake Artists Workshop in 1962 when she was encouraged by the American critic, Clement Greenberg to pursue painting from nature regardless of the contemporary predominance of abstraction. Her paintings from the mid 1960s to the present have had an enormous influence on younger painters across Western Canada, acquired in part through Knowles' frequent presence as both participant and leader at Emma Lake Artists Workshops. She has continued to paint prolifically in watercolour, acrylic and oil throughout her career - working in a variety of different manners and using a range of subject matter.
Knowles' work can be found in collections throughout the country and internationally. In 1987 Dorothy was awarded the Merit of Saskatchewan, and in 2004 she was awarded the designation of Member to the Order of Canada, denoting an achievement of outstanding citizenship and service to both Canada and to the international community.