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Item Name: Painting
Title: Colour in Low Bushes
Maker: Dorothy Martin
Year: 1981
Country: Canadian
Materials: oil on canvasboard
Measurements: in frame: 43 cm x 53.5 cm; work: 40.6 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number: ART 014
Legal Status: ART RENTAL


Extended Label Info: Dorothy Martin and her lifelong friend and fellow painter Ruth Pawson were both well known for their landscape paintings. Preferring to work “en plein air”, they would take day-trips exploring the Saskatchewan countryside, and painting in the landscape. This painting shows a small creek meandering through a prairie valley, similar to the landscape near Lumsden, a town close to Regina. The rusty oranges and golds of the grasses suggest either late fall or early spring. Dorothy Martin (1909-1984) was born in St. Peters, Nova Scotia, before moving to Regina in 1913. She spent the majority of her life in Saskatchewan, combining her love of art with teaching. She earned her teaching certificate at the Teacher’s College, Regina Normal School (1927). She studied visuals arts at the University of Regina (formerly Regina College), mentoring under Augustus Kenderdine (1938-39) and Kenneth Lochhead (1961-62). Martin studied arts education (1962) at the Teacher’s College in Regina, and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (1964). Returning to Regina, Martin further studied primary art education, and ceramics with Jack Sures (1966-67). Martin worked on the Board of Education as an arts consultant in Regina (1963-1969) until her retirement. She continued to teach studio classes: ceramic and clay at the Hone-James Studio (1969-72) and adult painting at Fort San (1973-75). She passed away in 1984, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. During her lifetime, Martin exhibited artwork provincially; her work is held internationally in private and public collections, including the permanent collections of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina Public School Board, Province of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan House (located in London, England).