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(1927-)

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Doolee McDonnell was born on May 15, 1927. The family lived at Paulson until 1929 when they decided to return to Trail. Doolee showed an aptitude for art from an early age. Some of her earliest work dates from the late 30s, when she was about 10 years old. Doolee continued with her art and studied interior design at the University of Manitoba for one year. She attended a session at the Banff School of Fine Arts and met A.Y. Jackson there. She then went to Normal School in Vancouver for teacher training and spent a few years teaching in rural BC. Doolee married Basil McDonnell in 1950, and soon she was juggling the demands of motherhood with her art. In the 1970s she completed her Fine Arts Degree.

Upon retirement, Doolee and Basil moved to Vancouver to be near their children. Doolee was able to concentrate on her art and the years 1989 to the early 2000s were her most productive. After the loss of her husband, Doolee continued to paint, in her studio at The Terraces in Vancouver and during summers at Christina Lake. Doolee’s art truly reflects her love of the Kootenays – the mountains, lakes and forests that were the source of her inspiration.
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