In Gratitude for
Hawaiian Waterfall 24 x 18″ Oil M. Stephen Doherty
We first met Steve after 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 Middle at Garrison’s Touchdown. I didn’t anticipate that the Editor-in-Chief of American Artist journal would hassle with our modest little present with a lot happening in New York Metropolis, however plein air occasions had been a reasonably new thought again then, and he was interested in it. One draw might need been that Garrison Touchdown is true on the river within the very coronary heart of the famed scenic Hudson Highlands, straight throughout from West Level Navy Academy.
He was an affable and accessible individual, and we related instantly. We invited him to go to our studio a number of doorways away. He stunned us by asking if now was second. As we walked, we talked about how seldom we noticed some other artists portray outside round us within the fabulous Highlands panorama and all of us agreed there was a must encourage extra artists to color on location. From that probability 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 a good author who may inform a narrative, he invited me to pen extra articles. I used to be floored by the belief and confidence he gave to an novice 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 effectively.
When one referred to as his workplace in New York, Steve at all times 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 thought, he at all times 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 lot of us alongside our careers—simply because he may. Merely put, he beloved artwork and the artists who made it. When Ann and I had the concept to begin an academic web site in 2010 which grew to become The Artist’s Street, Steve was there to advise us and even agreed to be our first artist interview. At any time when he served as a choose for an exhibition or competitors, one may depend on his unbiased alternatives which had been unfailingly truthful and knowledgeable by his deep information of artwork. Now we have at all times 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 type of sort supporters that artists at all times 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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