Doria Moodie is a fifth generation British Columbian whose ancestors were pioneers here before British Columbia was established. She has a deep love for her province and country, painting primarily in Whistler, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver.
As a 10 year old Doria took Saturday morning art classes at the Vancouver Art Gallery. After raising a family and teaching for 20 years, she decided to focus her energy and passion on developing her artistic skills. She is now a full time artist and has developed a passion for painting large, intimate portraits of the bears of BC; black bears, grizzlies, and spirit bears. In the last 3 years she and her husband Jim have visited many remote areas of BC to observe and photograph bears, and they are both strong advocates for them. She was the artist in residence at Knight Inlet Lodge for a week in 2016 and will be again in the fall of 2017. Doria is the official artist for the new Grizzly Bear Foundation which is working to protect grizzlies in western Canada.
Doria also enjoys painting children, especially groups of little skiers in clusters that, in a way, tell a story. And she loves to try and capture the beauty of our landscapes by turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Her sense of wonder is keener than ever, and she hopes to inspire others to share her excitement and gratitude.
Doria is an associate member (AFCA) of the Federation of Canadian Artists. She is also a founding member of Whistler Out-of-Bounds Artists. Her work is in collections around the world.