Dorothy Helen Norris Rankine of South Thomaston, died on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the age of 81.

Dorothy was born Dorothy Helen Norris Forrest in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1931, the younger of two daughters to Norman and Janet Forrest. Norman Forrest was a sculptor and woodcarver and Dorothy inherited his artistic gift. Constantly drawing from a very early age, she enjoyed a rich life of storytelling and backyard adventures with her older sister, despite World War II’s rationing, blackouts and air raids.

Dorothy graduated from Gillespie’s High School for Girls in Edinburgh in 1948. She went on to study at Edinburgh College of Art where her father taught sculpture, earning a degree in painting in 1952 and an advanced degree 1953.

In 1953 she married G. W. Terry Rankine of Dunfermline, Scotland, a fellow student at Edinburgh College of Art.

Living first in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, and then London, England, Dorothy and her husband moved to Quebec, Canada in 1955 to allow Terry to pursue a career in architecture. In 1958 they moved to Boston where Dorothy painted and pursued a freelance career as an illustrator, working for many Boston advertising agencies and supporting her husband while he launched a new kind of architectural firm with several of his peers.

Dorothy and Terry had had two children. Dorothy continued to paint and illustrate throughout their childhoods, as well as working in graphic design, training and practicing Montessori teaching, and in the 1980s, she taught fine art and art history at The New England Conservatory of Music.

In 1992 she and Terry moved to South Thomaston. Though she missed the city lights, she painted the Maine landscape with the same affection that she had painted the Scottish landscape. Ever curious, she continued her work, adding glazing, Japanese calligraphy and gardening to her repertoire, as well as learning Italian and reading voraciously. She and Terry lived in Maine year-round until Terry's death in March 2013 and her own two weeks later.

Along with a studio full of ideas and incomplete works, she leaves behind her son Symon Rankine of Brunswick, her daughter Lesley “Piper” Rankine, son-in-law Paul Sanni and grandson August Rankine Sanni of Wakefield Mass., and her sister Norma Clark (Forrest) of London, England.

By her request there will be no services. She will be missed sorely by all those that she was close to.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home with Direct Cremation 182 Waldo Ave. Belfast, ME 04915