In Gratitude for
Hawaiian Waterfall 24 x 18″ Oil M. Stephen Doherty
We initial achieved Steve when we were being living on the Hudson River in the little hamlet of Garrison, New York, in 1983. He drove up from his property in Croton-on-Hudson to go to our community’s annual on-place paint-out and auction at the Garrison Artwork Heart at Garrison’s Landing. I did not hope that the Editor-in-Main of American Artist journal would bother with our modest minimal clearly show with so a lot going on in New York Town, but plein air gatherings had been a pretty new idea back then, and he was curious about it. One particular attract could have been that Garrison Landing is ideal on the river in the incredibly coronary heart of the famed scenic Hudson Highlands, straight across from West Position Armed service Academy.
He was an affable and available person, and we linked right absent. We invited him to go to our studio a few doorways away. He shocked us by asking if now was a fantastic instant. As we walked, we talked about how seldom we observed any other artists painting outdoors all-around us in the fabulous Highlands landscape and we all agreed there was a have to have to stimulate much more artists to paint on location. From that probability assembly, he requested to interview me and publish an report about my plein air perform on the Hudson River. Identifying in because of program that I was also a good writer who could explain to a story, he invited me to pen far more article content. I was floored by the belief and self confidence he gave to an beginner author whom he had not recognized quite long. This led to numerous far more content articles about the years, for both American Artist journal and Watercolor magazine as perfectly.
When 1 called his business in New York, Steve usually answered the cellphone himself. Not a secretary or other gate keeper, as so a lot of of the artwork directors I worked with at that time used. Whenever I named him with an idea, he generally stopped what he was doing to hear and give encouragement. Steve believed in the particular contact with artists, understood everybody, and quietly assisted hundreds of us alongside our careers—just since he could. Only set, he cherished artwork and the artists who created it. When Ann and I experienced the idea to start out an educational web-site in 2010 which turned The Artist’s Road, Steve was there to recommend us and even agreed to be our initially artist job interview. Whenever he served as a decide for an exhibition or competitiveness, one could depend on his unbiased choices which have been unfailingly good and informed by his deep information of art. We have usually felt really lucky to have experienced equally a personal and a professional romance with him. We all will miss out on him dearly, for he was just one of people type supporters that artists constantly have to have in their lives, and I’m afraid we will not see the likes of him yet again.
A tribute to the late M. Stephen Doherty
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