Her formative years were spent with her mother in the art galleries, museums, theatres, and cafés of Toronto and Montreal. A staunch supporter of Canadian art, her mother showed Madeleine the privilege of living with the vivid expressionism of Jean-Paul Riopelle, the moody seascapes of Adrian Dingle, and the unsung Canadian artists whose names may be forgotten, but whose work will remain alive and full of perpetual motion.

Madeleine returned to art, and in a sense, to her childhood by beginning to make jewelry. First using semi-precious stone beads, and now focusing on precious metal, she meticulously designs, carves, and finishes each and every piece herself.  Madeleine Reay launched her inaugural jewelry collection in 2015 in Vancouver, where she now lives and works by the sea.