Dorothy Tinning: Creative Exploration through Landscape Art
In Conjunction with the 20th Annual Meadowlark Festival
In the Project Room of the Penticton Art Gallery
Opening Reception May 19th, 2017 from 7 - 9pm.
Artist Talk May 20th, 2017 from 2 - 4pm.
For twenty years the Meadowlark Festival has commissioned an artist to create a piece of art to be used as support material. There is a thread that runs through all of these careers: all the artists have staked their careers on work that promotes nature, and stewardship of the land. The British Columbia landscape is special, unique, and so are the artists that inhabit it. It was only a matter of time before Dorothy Tinning was asked to join this impressive list of important artists that include Allan Brookes, J. Fenwick Landsdown, Robert Bateman, Lee Claremont, and Julia Hargreaves, to name just a few.
Dorothy Tinning marches to the beat of her own drum, and what a beat it is. She has created an ambitious number of large scale paintings of the thing she loves, nature. She calls it living her philosophy, but underneath the layers of paint are concealed other meanings of her work, the driving force behind her life, the positive factors of education.
Dorothy spent a career being an educator, it is in her blood. Her motive has never changed and has always been to make the world a better place. Her approach to art reveals her personality: unassuming, passionate, positive, curious, and colourful; and it is through her art– instead of a chalkboard– that she continues to bring the best out of society.
Tinning is an artist with a strict set of rules and time lines that chart her day, with plenty of time to paint and get out into nature. Dorothy goes deep into the Okanagan landscape to map out her paintings first hand. This perfect life of combining the things she loves is not lost on the artist. While the plein-air work informs her palette and works out the formal issues of composition, Tinning's time with a paint brush is most often in her studio. Here she is in her happy place. The studio has long been that private place for artists, but it is also like that for Dorothy when she is out hiking in nature. It is here that she reflects on so many things and plans, interprets, discovers and explores, and will fall back on this thought process later to create one of her paintings. The Okanagan is a perfect place for this artist, and vice versa, the South Okanagan is a lot richer because of her contributions.
For her artist statement Dorothy Tinning wrote, “The underlying theme in my paintings tends to be a celebration of the uniqueness of our beautiful local landforms that reflect the beauty and mystery of the Okanagan area. Since I feel immense joy when I am outdoors, I am inspired and connected to the spiritual side of expressing what I see in nature. That moment in time when I am sensitive to the many signs of a people before me, their gathering places, and the waterways that were used to sustain the people in this area over time, sustains me, and provides a personal depth to my art work. I use vibrant colours of acrylic on canvas to express my excitement of painting what I observe, and what I believe in and wish to share with others. A quote attributed to Chief Seattle, Salishan Nation, helps direct my work, “This we know, the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected, like the blood that unites us all.”
Dorothy believes that we all have a responsibility as stewards of the land, whether it be in your garden or in the wilderness. Tinning finds her magic spots and here reflects on the ecosystem, how everything thrives without the interference of man. She continually and consciously learns more about her surroundings when researching her paintings with the goal in mind to make the world a better place. The Penticton Art Gallery is honoured to host this important exhibition at the most relevant of times.