Maria’s “Internal Dialogue” at VANS Corridor Gallery

Posted November 2, 2016

VANS website November 2016

10 pieces from Maria’s “Internal Dialogues” body of work are on display at the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Corridor Gallery November 2 – December 15, 2016.

About the Exhibition: 

What is a person?
Are our bodies filled with a soul?
Is there a separation between body and soul or is it one and the same?

These are questions that have influenced my art-making in the last 4 years. I visualize what fills our body as a vessel, and interpret its many layers, physical and metaphysical, in my artwork. The printmaking process requires a lot of physicality from me. Having allergies and asthma creates another set of obstacles for me as an artist, but I love the physical challenge that printmaking brings. The more arduous, intricate, and repetitive a process is, the more I become engaged with it. Painting on my prints provides the perfect counterbalance to this method, as it takes hours of calm and peaceful work rather than physical exertion.

This quest for visualizing the lacery of people around me started with first trying to understand inner workings of my body. I imagine hundreds of layers of patterns and textures that are intricate, dense and beautiful. Each portrait of a woman is someone I have connected with over the years. I am always drawn to strong, determined, independent women, each with their own story and personality. Their portraits are what I see as an outside observer, and how these women present themselves to the world. The layers of lacery are a representation of what is below the surface and what the viewer cannot readily see. This combination is what makes each woman who she is and is the essence of her being.

Maria Doering's Internal Dialogues at VANS Corridor Gallery

About the Gallery: 

Located inside the Visual Arts Nova Scotia office at the Halifax Seaport since 2000, the Corridor Gallery is complimented by a historical legacy of Nova Scotia culture, simple yet modern architectural elements and an array of current cultural activity in the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia office. The Corridor Gallery is located at 1113 Marginal Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia and is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 5pm.

Holiday Open Art Studio Event and Sale 2016

Posted November 1, 2016

Maria Doering's Holiday Open Studio Event 2016

You are cordially invited to join Maria at her Holiday Open Art Studio Event and Sale.

Printmaking – Drawing – Mixed Media.

Come visit a local, professional artist’s studio and meet the artist.
New and old artwork to view and purchase!
See how a printing press works!
Light refreshments available!

98 Victoria Road
Dartmouth, NS
B3A1V3 for questions and more details.

Maria at Ottawa School of Art as Artist in Residence

Posted August 29, 2016

Relief Printmaking Workshop at OSAColour Monotype Workshop at OSA
Maria is thrilled to have been invited to spend three weeks at the Ottawa School of Art in downtown Ottawa, between August 23rd and September 10th. She will be teaching one day workshops at OSA in Relief printing and Monotype, to register for these workshops please visit the OSA website.  Maria is also going to give an Artist talk on September 8th and finish her adventure at OSA with a demo-day during OSA’s Open House on September 10th.

To follow her project at OSA please visit her blog.

More detailed information is going to be posted shortly.

NSCAD Extended Studies Classes – registration opens Aug. 23

Posted August 22, 2016

Maria is going to be teaching an Introduction to Relief Printing and a Monotype class at the NSCAD School of Extended Studies. Registration for these classes opens August 23rd.

Info about the classes:
Monotype is a fun and very experimental printmaking technique where instead of printing editions you only create one-of-a-kind pieces. Each week you will learn different approaches ranging from Black & White to multi-coloured and multi layered Monotype prints with the use of various inks, dry media and found objects on paper. No previous experience required. Please bring sketchbook or note pad, pencil, fine point Sharpie marker and an apron or old t-shirt to the first class. Class Limit is 10.

Registration and withdrawal deadline: Sept 26, 2016

Course Code:
ESPR-0124 [Register Online]
Maria Doering
H320, 5163 Duke Street
Date / Time:
Mon, Oct 3-Nov 28, 6:30–9:30pm (7 sessions, no class Oct 10 and Oct 24)

Tuition: $275.00 + HST


Introduction to Relief Printing
Relief printing, you may know it as Linocut or Woodcut is one of the most accessible and affordable forms of printmaking. Techniques learned in this course can easily be applied and used at home and with various materials. Students will be guided through the process of image development, image transfer to various carving matrices, carving, inking and hand printing. Once comfortable with hand printing, the instructor will introduce the class to printing with a relief printing press. Relief printing can be used for creating anything from
greeting cards to fine art prints. Class Limit is 10.

Registration and withdrawal deadline: Sept 26, 2016

Course Code:
ESPR-0124 [Register Online]
Maria Doering
H320, 5163 Duke Street
Date / Time:
Tues, Oct 4-Nov 22, 6:30–9:30pm (7 sessions, no class Oct 25)

Tuition: $275.00 + HST


No previous experience needed, the classes are exciting and fun for anyone!

Colour Monotype Workshop at Visual Voice in Truro

Posted June 9, 2016

Colour Monotype Workshop at Visual Voice

Colour Monotype Workshop

Sat, Jul 16 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm for $75+tax per person
ALL materials included.
Lunch $8+tax extra (soup & half sandwich), or bring your own.
PreRegistration Required call 902-843-9464

Join us for another fun day of printmaking at Visual Voice. Colour Monotype is a very experimental and direct process of image creation through the use of printmaking equipment. You will not be creating an edition of multiples but instead remove ink from a plate with various rags, Q-tips, and brushes and found materials to create a single print. You may create up to 10 different images during this workshop using multiple colours as well as multiple layers.
You can come prepared with an image idea or spend the day experimenting with found materials with this much more direct and painterly printmaking technique. You do not need previous knowledge of printmaking to participate in this workshop. Please bring an apron or old t-shirt and any thin/flat found materials like dried leaves, thread, paper cut outs. If you can’t think of anything, not to worry, there will be materials supplied as well.

If the weather is forecast to be beautiful we are planning on setting up the workshop outside next to the gallery, in case of rain it will be inside the gallery space.

The instructor is artist and printmaker Maria Doering, who teaches at NSCAD and has taught 2 other workshops at Visual Voice. *Includes the use of a press!

"Shared Energies" – Residency

Posted May 23, 2016

Shared Energies Poster

Studio Residency from May 28th – June 4th, 2016
At The Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Inverness County Centre for the Arts is pleased to present: Shared Energies: Cells, Stars and the Fluidity Between, a collaborative residency project between New York City based artist Fiona Chinkan and Dartmouth, NS based artist Maria Doering. Having known each other for over 12 years, Fiona and Maria are reunited in the studio for the first time since 2007 to work on a large format collaborative drawing project in the spacious studio space at the I.C.C.A. between May 28th and June 4th, 2016.

The two women have collaborated through different approaches over the years, and have exhibited work together in New Jersey and Connecticut under the show title Retrospective on Intimacy. During their stay at the I.C.C.A., they will be continuing a drawing collaboration that began two years ago and has continued through mailing their drawings back and forth between New York City and Dartmouth. Maria and Fiona will be elaborating on an artistic conversation, merging and reacting to both of their notions of space. Fiona interprets imagery of outer space while Maria explores the inner space of the human body. Their work juxtaposes the formation of star systems with human cellular structures while laying in emotional complexities. Their unique styles intertwine and merge in an unexpected explosion of energy through pen and ink on paper. The artist duo will take this energy and push their explorations to larger scale during their residency stay in Inverness.

During their stay they will be offering a series of workshops at the I.C.C.A. around the idea of artist collaborations and are excited to share their experience and energy with anyone interested. Please find details below.

Everyone is welcome to stop by the studio and say hello. The best time to see much of the weeks progress will be during their open studio event on Friday, June 3rd, from 6-8pm.


Maria Launches New Online Shop

Posted February 6, 2016

Maria is proud and excited to launch her new, customised online shop, accessible here. Maria had been using Etsy for her online store for several years, but with their evolution away from handmade and fine art goods her work has not fit into their direction for quite a while. After looking at a few options, the decision was made to build something from the ground up, and today it is ready to share with the world. Please check it out!


Custom tailored private and small group workshops

Posted October 31, 2015

Starting in December Maria is going to be offering private workshops and lessons to individuals interested in Drawing and or Block printing.
These make a great Christmas gift as well. Please contact her at for more information or to register for lessons.

private drawing lessons

block printing workshops

Studio S pop up show

Posted November 17, 2014


Maria was invited by the lovely Kristina Sobstad to have some of her work exhibited at a pop-up exhibition in Bedford, NS. Studio S is temporarily located in a store front and will offer yoga lessons and an excellent group show with many works for sale. The show opens Friday November 21st and will run until the end of December.


Some of the pieces being exhibited at the pop up show: the mixed media paintings “Cellular Bliss”
Cellular Bliss

and: “An Active Mind”
An Active Mind

Maria at the Avondale Art Fair

Posted June 17, 2013

The Avondale Art Fair on 15 June 2013 was an exciting adventure. We met many people and made a lot of contacts! For more about Avondale please read this blog post.

avondale artfair tent1Avondale Art fair tent

Maria's Tent set up at the Avondale Art fair

Maria’s Tent set up at the Avondale Art fair