Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Visual Artist, Ceramic Artist, Mixed/Multi Media, Digital Artist

Dorothy Doherty received her formal art education from Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr University of Art & Design) and Capilano University. She holds an MA in History in Art (University of Victoria, 1984-1993) and a PDP (Simon Fraser University, 1995). She supplements her formal education with courses and workshops in a variety of media. Dorothy was born in Vancouver, BC, and spent her formative years in the Vancouver area. After graduation from art school, she lived more than 20 years in various parts of BC, working and teaching ceramics in Victoria, Williams Lake, Cranbrook, the Kootenays and other parts of the BC Interior. During this time she worked extensively with the local potters guilds, and taught credit courses for Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University). After completing her Masters Degree and PDP (Professional Development Program), Dorothy was employed as an art specialist and civilizations instructor for school district #44 (North Vancouver). On retirement she attended the Studio Art program at Capilano University to upgrade her skills, learn how art has changed over the years, and discover where she fits in to the current art scene. Dorothy exhibits regularly in group and solo shows. She lives in Burnaby, BC, paints at Portside Studios in Vancouver, and makes ceramics at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, BC. She is interested in the environment and the effect humans have on the earth. Through her art practice, she hopes to express her feelings and concerns about the world today, along with her appreciation of the beauty of life on this planet.

Doherty, Dorothy

Contact Details

  Doherty, Dorothy


  Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Samples of my work

Artist Statement

There comes a time when we come face to face with the impermanence of life. This may be why I spend much of my time as an artist looking at the world around me, hoping to express the awe in everyday human experience, and the need for people to examine the results of their activity on the planet. I see the world as a rich and endless source of ideas and inspiration. I am interested in how the world works, how humans interact, how our wilderness is shrinking with the growth of cities, and the resulting outfall of human activity. My work straddles the line between abstraction and realism. It examines a variety of issues, including urban decay, global issues and the beauty of the world around us – whether in man-made structures or the mysteries of nature. I feel at ease with most media, and explore new ways to develop artistic form. I paint, draw, sculpt, and make prints and ceramics. It is important for me to honor the materials I work with, reveal my process, and create artwork that stimulates the imagination and moves the soul. When art depicts images that reference climate change, a dialogue begins between the observer and the artwork. Hopefully, the image invites new ways of thinking, with the ultimate goal that, as individuals, we are moved to action that leads to a healthier planet. In addition to a strong focus on the formal aspects of art making, I rely heavily on intuition as a guiding force. I am sensitive to the inherent qualities of the materials, which ultimately dictate the direction of my artwork. Using additive and reductive methodologies, I work in layers and deal with the barely visible, seeking to convey a feeling, or glimpse of imperceptible realities in an attempt to grasp where we are going as a culture.

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