Rody Kenny Courtic was born in 1891 in Renfrew, Ontario. She was one of the first women to study at the Ontario College of Art with Arthur Lismer. She was awarded a scholarship each year of her studies from 1920-1924. Courtice attended the Art Institute of Chicago in 1927, where she studied puppets and stagecraft with Tony Sarg. Courtice continued those studies in New York, London and Paris.
Courtice worked as the librarian at the Ontario College of Art from 1925-1926 and as Assistant Instructor to Arthur Lismer for Children’s Classes for ten years. She was Assistant Instructor to J.W. Beatty at Port Hope Summer School, and taught at the Doon School of Art and Teachers’ Summer Course with John Alford.
In 1950, Courtice attended Hans Hofmann’s summer school in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
She exhibited internationally at institutions such as The Tate Gallery, London, in Brazil, New York at the World’s Fair, Riverside Museum, the American-British Gallery, New York and Victoria College, Toronto.
Courtice was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, the Ontario Society of Artists, the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, the Canadian Society of Graphic Art, the Heliconian Society, and the Federation of Canadian Artists.
She died in 1973.