Born in Rotterdam, Holland , Karel Doruyter emigrated with his sister and parents to Canada in 1953 settling in the interior of British Columbia. After high school he attended UBC from 1961 to 1968, first taking fine arts and philosophy then social psychology. During his student years he worked as a graphic artist and draughtsman to help pay for his education. After university Karel spent a number of years working as an industrial psychologist in Canada and Australia where he became interested in boat building. Marine design, construction and sailing took him to different parts of the world. This enabled him to pursue his long time interest in painting and drawing finally making it his career in the early 90’s. He has a son in Victoria and a daughter with three grandchildren on Gabriola Island.
Doruyter has had a large number of solo and group exhibitions in Canada, USA and Australia. He is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Island Illustrator’s Society. His paintings are sold internationally and can be found in both private and corporate collections. He has written and/or illustrated a number of books, covers, periodicals and journals.