Dorothy Stevens was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1888. She received her art training between 1904 and 1911. She also attended schools in London and Paris studying printmaking.
In 1911 she returned to Canada. She focused on her artistic practice creating etchings, and painting often producing portraits.
She was awarded a Silver medal at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco for her etchings.
Her works can be found today in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario, among others.
In 1919, Stevens solicited a commission from the Canadian War Memorials Fund. She created etchings documenting the home front activities of the Toronto shipbuilding yards and the munitions workers at the British Forgings plant.
She returned to Europe on a travelling scholarship to continue her arts practice in the 1940's. She was a member of The Royal Canadian Academy.
Stevens died in Toronto in 1966 .