Doretta graduated from NSCAD with a BA in Art Education. She then worked in Swaziland, Africa for a year and then Igloolik, Nunavut for another two. Before and after these diverse experiences, she was an avid traveller and tree planter.
Once settled in Nova Scotia, Doretta worked as an artist in classrooms through AVRSB, the program Arts Infusion, the Paints program, and as a volunteer. Her paintings are represented by the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville, Details Gallery in Charlottetown, and Art Sales and Rentals at the AGNS in Halifax.
Doretta has illustrated 5 children's picture books, including Fiddles and Spoons (Dery Publishing Group) and Bounce, Beans and Burn (Acorn Press). She is the author and illustrator of I'm Writing a Story and Snow for Christmas (Acorn Press). Her 6th book, Thank You For My Bed, was published in Fall 2011.
Bounce and Beans and Burn. Shannon Murray. Acorn Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-894838283
Fiddles and Spoons, Nimbus Publishing, 2012
Bully 101, Nimbus Publishing, 2012
I'm Writing a Story, Acorn Press, 2012
Snow for Christmas, Acorn Press, 2011
Spin to Sea, Acorn Press, 2012
A Blue Nose Christmas, Nimbus Publishing, 2012