"When I retired from teaching almost 20 years ago, I thought with a sense of shock and even dismay that the next major event in my life would be dying. There was no imaging then that the best years of my life were still ahead of me."
The Good Wine, Doris McCarthy, 1991

Doris McCarthy, CM, O.Ont (July 7, 1910 – Nov. 25, 2010); Canadian artist specializing in abstracted landscapes.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, McCarthy attended the Ontario College of Art from 1926-30, where she was awarded various scholarships and prizes. She became a teacher shortly thereafter and taught most frequently at Central Technical School in downtown Toronto from 1932 until she retired in 1972. She spent most of her life living and working in Scarborough, Ontario, though she traveled abroad extensively and painted the landscapes of various countries.... McCarthy was nonetheless probably best known for her Canadian landscapes and her depictions of Arctic icebergs. In 1989, she graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough with a BA in English.

Her work has been exhibited and collected extensively in Canada and abroad, in both public and private art galleries Including: National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and Wynick/Tuck Gallery.

McCarthy also wrote 3 autobiographies, chronicling the various stages of her life: A Fool in Paradise (1990), The Good Wine (1991), and Ninety Years Wise (2004). She was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. She was the recipient of the Order of Ontario, the Order of Canada, honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, Trent University, the University of Alberta, and Nipissing University, an honorary fellowship from the Ontario College of Art and Design and also had a gallery named in her honour at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

She died on November 25, 2010.
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