Dorothy Henzell-Willis, 1899 - 1988

Dorothy Gwendolyn Henzell-Willis was born in 1899 and began her career in Edmonton before leaving for Vancouver in 1942. Between 1920 and 1946, she was considered one of Edmonton's best-known artists. She had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including one at the Art Gallery of Alberta. 

Unfortunately, she moved to Europe and not much is known about her after the move. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria does have a portrait of her painted by Joe Plaskett, another Canadian who made a home in Europe.

She was not formally trained and produced linocut prints of Canadian winter scenes, native villages and expressionist finger paintings that often portrayed her dreams.

She died in 1988.

Selected Collections
The Feckless Collection, Vancouver, BC

Portrait of Dorothy Henzell Willis, by artist  Joe Plaskett Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Portrait of Dorothy Henzell Willis, by artist  Joe Plaskett
Photo courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria