October 1, 2023


How Art Works

In Gratitude for Steve Doherty

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In Gratitude for

Steve Doherty

Hawaiian Waterfall, 24 x 18", Oil, © M. Stephen Doherty
Hawaiian Waterfall   24 x 18″   Oil   M. Stephen Doherty

   We first met Steve once we had been dwelling on the Hudson River within the tiny hamlet of Garrison, New York, in 1983. He drove up from his dwelling in Croton-on-Hudson to attend our group’s annual on-location paint-out and public sale on the Garrison Artwork Heart at Garrison’s Touchdown. I didn’t count on that the Editor-in-Chief of American Artist journal would trouble with our modest little present with a lot occurring in New York Metropolis, however plein air occasions had been a reasonably new concept again then, and he was interested in it. One draw may need been that Garrison Touchdown is correct on the river within the very coronary heart of the famed scenic Hudson Highlands, immediately throughout from West Level Army Academy.

   He was an affable and accessible particular person, and we linked instantly. We invited him to go to our studio just a few doorways away. He stunned us by asking if now was a superb second. As we walked, we talked about how seldom we noticed another artists portray outdoor round us within the fabulous Highlands panorama and all of us agreed there was a have to encourage extra artists to color on location. From that likelihood assembly, he requested to interview me and write an article about my plein air work on the Hudson River. Discovering in the end that I used to be additionally an honest author who might inform a narrative, he invited me to pen extra articles. I used to be floored by the belief and confidence he gave to an beginner author whom he had not recognized very lengthy. This led to many extra articles through the years, for each American Artist journal and Watercolor journal as nicely.

   When one referred to as his workplace in New York, Steve all the time answered the cellphone himself. Not a secretary or different gate keeper, as so lots of the artwork administrators I labored with at the moment employed. At any time when I referred to as him with an concept, he all the time stopped what he was doing to pay attention and supply encouragement. Steve believed within the private contact with artists, knew everybody, and quietly helped a whole bunch of us alongside our careers—simply because he might. Merely put, he liked artwork and the artists who made it. When Ann and I had the concept to start out an academic web site in 2010 which turned The Artist’s Highway, Steve was there to advise us and even agreed to be our first artist interview. At any time when he served as a decide for an exhibition or competitors, one might depend on his unbiased picks which had been unfailingly honest and knowledgeable by his deep data of artwork. Now we have all the time felt very lucky to have had each a private and an expert relationship with him. All of us will miss him dearly, for he was a kind of variety supporters that artists all the time want of their lives, and I’m afraid we won’t see the likes of him once more.

A tribute to the late M. Stephen Doherty

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