About the Artist
Arlene Christmas (Dozay) has spent much of her life cultivating her passion for art. Growing up in Western New Brunswick on the Tobique First Nations, Dozay is the middle child of a large family. At eighteen, she left the banks of the Tobique to pursue a formal education at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and although she had always displayed an interest in art, her intention had initially been to pursue a career in education. It wasn’t until her third year at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, with encouragement from several important individuals, that Dozay decided to switch to the fine arts program and pursue a full-time career as an artist.
Dozay has created and displayed her artwork at galleries and exhibits across the Maritimes, Ontario, & the United States.
Presently, she is one of very few professional native artists in Atlantic Canada. She has constructed her creative career around traditional native artwork, capturing First Nations culture and heritage. Although presently possessing a successful career as an exceptional and unique artist, Dozay’s focus has never been on the business aspect of her work. It is her unequivocal understanding of the spiritual aspect of traditional native artwork that has ensured that Dozay and her work are recognized and appreciated worldwide.