DORIS JEAN MCCARTHY, O.S.A., R.C.A.
SHORE SHAPES AND THE ICEBERG, 1981
signed; titled and dated to gallery label on the reverse
sight 14 ins x 21 ins; 35.6 cms x 53.3 cms
Doris McCarthy’s enchantment with icebergs came during her first visit to the Arctic to paint in 1972, “In my first year in the Arctic I met my very first iceberg and I went crazy about icebergs and started doing ice form fantasies” 
Over the years she continued to travel and contentedly spent time sketching in remote locations, including a trip in the summer of 1981 to Broughton Island (Qikiqtarjuaq), on the eastern side of Nunavut. A master of using the unforgiving medium of watercolour, perfectly suited to capture the glossy icebergs slowly melting along the shoreline. She has reduced the forms of the icebergs but does not lose her feeling of the land. The paintings pull us in to look deep into her view of the frozen landscape.
 William Moore, Celebrating Life: The Art of Doris McCarthy, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 1999, p. 199.
Aggregation Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto