Melissa Doherty graduated with an Honours B.A. (Fine Arts) from the University of Waterloo. She is included in the Magenta publication Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, and was shortlisted for the RBC Painting Competition in 2002. A recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council, her work has been included in exhibitions across Canada and the U.S, including Cristinerose Gallery in New York, Art Chicago, and Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
Layering paint to the extent that individual brush marks disappear, Doherty creates lush sensual surfaces, with a terrific sense of depth. Her super real aerial and close-up paintings depict single trees, as well as the urban forest, from a scopic yet intimate and introspective point of view. Doherty's method of depicting contemporary topography permits viewers new readings of landscape metaphors shifting the grand landscape tradition from the sublime toward notions of the embodiment.