Dulcie Sinclair enjoys putting a smile on peoples faces through her art.

Throughout her life, Sinclair estimates she’s given away hundreds of original artworks to others.

“It’s really the little things, remembering someone’s birthday or seeing the way they carry themselves. Are they happy? Or are they down? I sit for hours and just create something with them in my mind,” says Sinclair.

“If someone really loved something, I would do it as a surprise or just because I like the person. Creating is the joy of my life so I want to pass that on.”

The 83-year-old grew up in Montreal, and moved to Airdrie in 2004. She finds inspiration through animals because of their freedom.

Sinclair has been a member of the Airdrie Regional Art Society where she showcased her artworks at various shows. In March, she will be exhibiting a collection of animals at the Calgary Zoo.

Nominator Karen McAuley says Sinclair is a truly wonderful self-sacrificing lady who loves to share her joy with others.

“My nomination for Dulcie is the legacy she gives to those who view her wonderful paintings and receive the gift of peace, solitude and escape from stress, sadness and anxiety as they are drawn into the beautiful paintings that she gives birth to so beautifully and easily.”