Doris was raised in Toronto, where she completed her post-secondary education at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute majoring in psychology. She has been teaching the art of painting in all mediums for ten years, with her students enjoying her emotional approach to art. Doris’ works in oil, acrylic and watercolour have been shown and sold from Europe to Australia, and featured in international art shows including Art Expos in New York, Texas, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Doris has been invited to participate in the Autumn Art Show at the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery for the past sixteen years. She has consistently ranked in the top five painters, featured as the top artist in 2005 and selected as the feature artist and Best in Show for the 2013 show. Prime and Global television produced a documentary on Doris and her art titled ‘Second Chance’ which aired in June of 2005. She was also featured on ‘Living in Toronto’ in March of 2008 working spontaneously with a musician. The summer of 2012 saw both Rogers TV and CBC interviewing Doris regarding her work.
Doris was one of the first Canadian artists to be selected to have her work exhibited at the December 2012 Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (SBNA) annual Salon des Beaux-Arts at the Carousel de Louvre in Paris. Based on the quality and appeal of her work, Ms Pontieri easily secured her place in the delegation of just 12 artists representing Canada at this prestigious international art exhibition. She went on to exhibit again in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, receiving awards for Excellence in Fine Art in both 2013 and 2014. She has been further honoured by the Paris Society of Arts, Science & Letters, who have chosen her to receive a medal for Outstanding Artwork, and was invited back to Paris to receive this award at a Gala in June of 2013.
While in Paris her work was also exhibited at the Kameleon Gallery and the Jardin Gallery as well as being featured at the Brenart Gallery in Brussels for the month of October. Doris was personally selected by Marina Picasso, Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter to exhibit her works at the Artists of the World show in Cannes, France in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, winning an Artistic Achievement Award in 2014.
While Doris paints various subjects in both acrylic and watercolour, the work that has garnered international acclaim is her winter birch series, which uses a special mixed media technique developed exclusively by her, using charcoal, watercolour and acrylic paint. “After many visits to northern Ontario during late winter, I wanted to recreate the feeling and strength of our beautiful Canadian birch trees, without painting them too heavily. Developing this mixed media technique allowed me to capture all that the trees have to say to us.”
Her work has been featured on wine labels, magazine covers, in renowned local galleries, and she has produced a series of spontaneous, simultaneous compositions with musical composers for many live audiences. Paintings by Doris are in several private collections including the President of the Canadian United Nations and a board member of Sunnybrook Hospital. In 2014 Doris was inducted into the private collection of the Vatican in Italy.