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Maureen Doody

Artist member since 2020
Ottawa, Ontario

Maureen is an award-winning contemporary artist, writer, photographer and former elite athlete, from Ottawa, Canada.

Maureen’s journey of intrinsic personal exploration has led her to become an abstractionist with international reach. Employing unconventional colours, compositions and tonal schema, her paintings are an authentic expression of ‘revelations of self’; and by virtue, capture the transient nature of life and the essence of the human condition. Spurred by her background in anthropology, her paintings reflect her connection to the world around her, where one can discern reoccurring themes of healing, resilience, and selfhood.

Maureen holds degrees in Anthropology and Film Studies from the University of Western Ontario; and, a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from Carleton University. During her studies, Maureen competed on both the Varsity Basketball and Track and Field teams, is a multiple Academic All-Canadian and a 2018 UWO Sports Hall of Honour inductee.  Throughout the course of her esteemed athletics career, including numerous national honours, Maureen was heralded as one of Canada’s elite long jumpers.

Maureen conjointly conceived and launched one of Canada’s most prestigious wedding/portrait studios. Her award-winning work has had international reach and has been featured in national wedding publications.

A cancer diagnosis in 2017 ‘awakened’ the artist to pursue her passion for painting.

Maureen’s early influence in painting stems from her east coast heritage, namely her late father, the renowned Newfoundland ceramicist William Doody. Under his guidance and mentorship Maureen developed and honed her skills as a painter in both oil and acrylic mediums.  In addition, she learned the craft of various ceramic techniques, such as glazing, staining, acrylic paint application and kiln firing.  

Maureen also had the privilege of further developing her skills and artistry in oil painting and relief/sculpture technique, in the mediums of wood and clay, from family friend and international artist, author and teacher, Fr. Herman Falke, O.C.A. (Life member of the Sculptors Society of Canada; painter and sculptor of the "human landscape”).

In 2018, Maureen was selected as one of 17 “New” artists from across Canada for the ‘Get Noticed’ Art Exhibit at the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. This is a biannual exhibition of visual artists selected by Toronto gallerists noted for actively raising the bar for Canada’s commercial art world. In addition, she was one of 35 artists selected by the Ontario Society of Artists for their biannual Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition.

Her paintings have been featured in Ottawa Photography and Art Label (OPAL) and PACE Magazines and the international publication Studio Visit Magazine. Maureen's poetry and artwork is also featured in the Grief & Acceptance issue of WILDFIRE Magazine. Her paintings have been showcased on HGTV Canada's new reno/design series Hoarder House Flippers.

She also had the privilege of having her photography included in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s 2022 ‘Portraits of Resilience Project’ exhibit.

Maureen is a member of Arts Network Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.

Selected for numerous juried art exhibits, her work can be found in galleries and private collections throughout Canada and the United States. 



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In a previous life I was (a) ...

Professional track & field athlete. I competed for Canada in the long jump.

When did you start making art, and why?

Art has always played an important part in my life. I’ve always been connected to it in one way or another as a daughter, mother, professional athlete, photographer, writer and anthropologist. It was not until a cancer diagnosis in 2017, however, that I was ‘awakened’ to pursue my life-long passion for painting. Holistically, it has provided me with a sense of clarity and purpose towards fulfillment of living my most authentic self.

Favourite book

A Secret History by Donna Tartt. It's my dream to adapt this story into a screenplay for a movie (hire me!).

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Writing! My poetry and artwork has been featured in WILDFIRE Magazine. I'm also in the process of writing two non-fiction short stories.

Why is art important to you?

I believe that art can forge the path to one’s true self-expression. Painting has allowed me to distill and communicate my emotions and ideas about life, nature and our respective place within it. It is a means of exploring subjective experiences as a gateway to broader human concerns. I also believe in the power of art to heal. I hope to engage, inspire and help others find and nurture their true purpose in life through art.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Cupcake Lounge, Ottawa
Solo Exhibit

Select Past Exhibitions

Petite Art Show - Square Foot Edition, Ottawa


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF 62)


Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Portraits of Resilience


Exposure Art Gallery, Ottawa


Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa


Twist Gallery, Toronto
Extracting the Abstract


Aberdeen Pavillion, Ottawa
Wall Candy


Alice's Cafe & Art Studio, Ottawa
Solo Exhibit


Freedom Factory, Toronto
Visual Arts Movement


Freedom Factory, Toronto
Broken Bits: International Women’s Day


Propellor Art Gallery, Toronto
Blue|Bleu Impulse


Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Toronto
Colour and Form Society’s 66th Annual Exhibition


Red Head Gallery, Toronto
Get Noticed


Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto
Ontario Society of Artists biannual 2018 Emerging Artists Exhibition


Uxbridge, ON
Celebration of the Arts


Gallery Ring
"Juror's Choice" Award


8 Questions With...Maureen Doody (podcast)
Episode 190


HGTV Canada's new reno/design series
Hoarder House Flippers


PACE Magazine
Issue 08


Grief & Acceptance


Studio Visit Magazine
Volume 45/46


OPAL Magazine
Issue 3

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