Muriel E. Newton White was the epitome of the pioneer northern artist. Born in 1928 in Robillard Township, near Charlton, Ontario, her parents, had emigrated from England in the early 20th century, and were early pioneers in that area.
She spent a lifetime recording our unique, northern Ontario life. She wrote and illustrated botanical books, books for children and local history. She worked in oils, acrylics, watercolour, egg tempera and India ink. She was adept at outdoor sketching, illuminating and mural painting. As well, she volunteered extensively in the community and shared her skills by teaching. Her work, like the paintings and drawings in the Temiskaming Art Gallery collections are expressive interpretations of her northern home.
After taking her schooling through the Department of Education correspondence courses, Muriel received a scholarship enabling her to spend four years at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto graduating in 1949. Thereafter, she lived in Charlton, Haileybury, Englehart and New Liskeard. Muriel’s art hangs in private and public collections all over North America, New Zealand, the British Isles, and Europe.
Source: Temiskaming Art Gallery
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