I began following Doris McCarthy's work about 15 years ago and though she was often compared to Lawren Harris (which she absolutely hated) it was her independence, confidence and pluck that really inspired me. She lived to be a hundred (she passed away in 2010) and even though she taught throughout her career, she was so productive throughout her life. She claimed it was the porridge, apple and happy hour every day that kept her young.
I've read all of her autobiographies and watched a documentary about her life several times and am still in awe of her. She loved to paint large, as I do, and once was approached by a gentleman to create a series of larger works which he promised to sell, and he did. And I love the simplicity of her work, large forms and glowing, vibrant colour. She was born in Calgary, a tiny woman who physically built her own home in Scarborough with the occasional assistance of her friends. I love that, too.