Doreen Schneider's professional life has been varied, indeed. After receiving her Bachelor\'s degree in science at the University of Saskatchewan, she moved to Burlington, Ontario and spent the next twenty years developing and teaching the biochemistry program at the Hamilton and District School of Medical Technology. Always interested in the creative arts, when her husband was transferred to the west coast, she took the opportunity to return to university where she obtained another Bachelor's degree, this time in Fine Arts at the University of Victoria. After completing the advanced course in silver smithing at Camosun College in Victoria B.C. she was ready to start designing and handcrafting jewellery.
Doreen's unique sculptural jewellery creations are known as bridge jewellery, falling within the transition zone between costume jewellery and fine jewellery. Once the designing process is complete it must be translated into a silver representation. This requires a variety of fabrication techniques, such as soldering, forging, fold-forming, reticulation, texturing and enamelling.