Doherty’s oil paintings of seascapes, inspired by the Donegal coastline she has lived beside all her life, are well known locally. She unfailingly captures the untamed character of the sea and ever changeable skies in the North West because she draws on her personal connection to this landscape.
Perhaps less well known are her figurative works and fine art prints, but she approaches these by seeking the same emotional connection to her subject matter. Doherty explains, “My figure paintings and Carborundum prints are not photo realistic but semi-abstract, and try to capture the essence of someone and their emotional state”.
This retrospective exhibition brings together a wide variety of Doherty’s work, produced across a number of years, embracing a variety of themes. In all her work there is a characteristic spontaneity - of emotional energy in the dash of a line or splash of colour.
Doherty explains this positive energy in her work as a reflection of her process, “painting makes me happy. I rarely have a fixed notion of how a painting is going to turn out, it just evolves. I like to create paintings that speak for themselves on an emotional as well as a visual level for the viewer.”
Progression opens Saturday 7th Sept. 4-6pm, Saldanha Suite, Fort Dunree, and continues until 3rd October. Opening times Monday – Sunday 10.30 am – 4.30 pm