rosanne DOLAN


“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.” (William Henry Davies)
I stand. I stare. I create!

Artist Statement

My delight is in pieces of things and I liberally crop figures, objects and scenes, often reinventing them as I develop a composition working from life, memory and/or imagination. I use colour boldly for impact and playfulness and carefully plan illusionary or applied textures as a means to draw attention to the canvas surface. It is important to me that my work be seen in its raw elements of paint, canvas, and with mixed media applications when I use them.


I have drawn and painted since I was a child, so it naturally followed that I should study art and work in one of its many related fields; so, I became a high school art teacher. I studied in Ontario at the University of Windsor and York University, achieving an Honours BA with a major in Fine Arts from York University. For a number of years, I continued art studies at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto as a part-time student. Eventually, I left teaching to explore and further develop my own work in my main discipline of acrylic painting and mixed media.
I live on a 50-acre hobby farm outside of Peterborough Ontario, a piece of paradise, which I joyfully treasure.


  • Education group workshops with Port Hope ON artist Melanie Browne (2015 – present)
  • Haliburton School of the Arts (2015 – 2018)
  • Ontario College of Art (1988-94) Honours Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts major  
  • York University (1984) Bachelor of Education  
  • University of Windsor (1978) Bachelor of Arts, English major
  • University of Windsor (1977)
    Employment teacher  
  • Dufferin-Peel CDSB, York Region CDSB, Peel DSB (1978 – 2007)
  • Visual Arts secondary school teacher (1987 – 2007)
  • Dean of Arts (1989-99) York Region CDSB

 art of

rosanne DOLAN

I Am Myself. A Self Portrait
acrylic paint on canvas 24″ x 18″

Details of Reprisal
acrylic and monoprint on canvas, 16×20 in.

Winter Solstice
acrylic paint on canvas 36 x 48

Letting Me Be
acrylic w mixed media on canvas, 36X30

acrylic on canvas, 36X24

The Conversation
acrylic on canvas, 36X24


Spirit of the Hills (Northumberland)


Art Exibits to 2019
  • Northumberland Art Gallery, Port Hope, ON (2019) – group exhibition
  • Port Hope Arts Festival, Port Hope, ON (2019) – juried group exhibition
  • Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON (2018, 2019) – juried group exhibition
  • Trent Hills Library, Warkworth Branch, Warkworth, ON(2018, 2019) – group exhibition
  • Spirit of the Hills Arts Festival, Cobourg, ON (2017, 2019) – group exhibition
  • Caper’s Restaurant, Campbellford, ON (2017, 2018, 2019) – group exhibition
  • Caper’s Restaurant, Campbellford, ON (2017) – solo exhibition
  • The Art Emporium, Port Hope, ON (2017) – group exhibition; (2018) – juried group exhibition
  • Colborne Art Gallery, Colborne, ON (2017) – juried group exhibition
  • Trent Hills Library, Campbellford Branch, Campbellford, ON (2017) – solo exhibition
  • Maple Syrup Festival, Warkworth, ON (2016, 2017) –juried group exhibition
  • Northumberland Hospital, Cobourg, ON (2016, 2017, 2019) – group exhibition
  • Jazz Festival, Port Hope, ON (2016) – group exhibition
  • Waterfront Festival, Cobourg, ON (2016, 2018) – group exhibition
  • Norwood Pentecostal Church, Norwood, ON (2014) – two-artist exhibition
  • The Distil Gallery, The Distillery District, Toronto, ON (2007) – juried group exhibition
  • York Region CDSB Employees’ Art Show, Stouffville, ON (1992) – group exhibition
  • Mississauga City Hall, Mississauga, ON (1987) – juried group exhibition

51 King St. E.
Colborne, ON

Open Hours

Thursday to Sunday
12 to 4PM, March thru December