1900 - 1980
Marge Donovan (nee Johnson) 1900 – 1980 married Roy McDougall in Prince George 06 June 1940. They moved to Finlay Forks, where they ran a small store and post office. For the most part, Marge was the only white woman at the post. She took up painting the Tse’khene people primarily to relieve boredom. She nursed the sick as well as teaching knitting and sewing to the local natives. Roy and Marge with also great hosts to any one who traveled the Parsnip, Finlay and Peace Rivers.
In 1958, due to poor health, Marge relocated to Victoria, B.C. Roy followed soon after. In Victoria, Marge’s main occupation was paintng. One of her early patorns was Mrs. MacDonald, owner of the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
Marge is not a well known artist in North America, but art collector Mr. Van Voorst Vader sold a number of her paintings through his outlet in Paris, France. Marge gave many of her paintings to family and friends.
The Mackenzie & District Museum acquired 35 of her original paintings through a purchase from Mr. Van Voorst Vader. The purchase was made possible by grants from the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #273 Mackenzie. Three additional paintings were donated to the museum in April 2016.