Steve Doherty's Plein Air: Artist Reception & Exhibit Opening

  • 12 Mar 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • RVCC Auditorium

Plein Air Exhibit On Display March 6—April 5

Artist Reception  Saturday, March 12, 5:30—7:00pm, in the Auditorium

Refreshments Served


Artist Statement:  “Nature is infinitely more imaginative and variable than I am, so for the past 30 years I have humbly focused my painting efforts on the landscape, mostly while working outdoors. I am constantly challenged and rewarded by the process of composing elements I observe, editing visual information from a personal perspective, and working within a limited time frame. My resulting plein air paintings are often completed on location, but sometimes I use the sketches as reference for creating larger, more imaginative landscape paintings in my studio. I make an effort to regularly draw and paint from live models because there is no better way to sharpen one’s ability to perceive and respond to observations, and it is an essential part of my efforts to bring a higher level of artistry to the marks I make on paper or canvas.  That process helps me exercise my mind, hand, and heart.”


About the Artist:  For 31 years, Steve Doherty was the editor of American Artist magazine and launched three other art magazines: Watercolor, Drawing, and Workshop. In 2011, he became Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir magazine and moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He continues to edit PleinAir, participate in plein air events, judge art shows, teach workshops, exhibit paintings, and give lectures.


Coming later this year:

June:  Photography by Rose Jowdy & Portraits by Susan Holland


September--November:  3rd Annual Quilt exhibit


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