Born in Scotland, but raised in Canada, Mary Dorland has always had an affinity for art. Drawing and painting were an early passion. She spent a number of years in advertising for the medical and pharmaceutical industry, working with graphic artists, copywriters and media agencies.
She began to study art in 1996, experimenting in mixed media, but quickly choosing her favorite mediums, pastel and oil. "My painting is so much about the quality of light. Both of these mediums give me the tools to give life to my work. When it's all about the light you have a whole world to explore".
Mary has received numerous portrait commissions and awards. She enjoys painting landscapes in the Charlevoix and Kamouraska regions of Quebec.
Mary Dorland is a member of the Lakeshore Association of Artists, the Manotick Artists Association and is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada.