The sections to the right describe the six series that I'm doing simultaneously. Vintage paintings are something new that I've just started doing. Last winter was a challenging time to be out painting so I stumbled upon a new idea. It ties into my current body of work with a slight twist: industrial, cityscapes, and landscapes mixed with history.
This year marks my twentieth year of being a full-time artist. That's amazing to me. It has been a life-long desire to express myself through art. I feel pretty lucky that I can do it. It isn’t an easy way to make a living but everyday I feel the same wonderful urge to create. Edgar Degas once said, "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." I like that because it reminds me how many people have told me they saw "a Donoughe" somewhere. They were referring to a scene, not a finished painting. It doesn’t get any better than that.
The Pennsylvania landscape has been the focus of 25 years of painting. My aim is to visually document a feeling that occurs at a particular place and time.
Winters take on a personality all their own. They can be beautifully quiet and charming or they can be nasty and mean. Last year's winter showed us the latter.
My studio is situated in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. It took me years of practice to get the nerves and skill to paint this city's architecture.
It gets a little more difficult to find the gritty areas, but they are still around. Manufacturing or metal fabrication plants can be quite interesting.
One artist friend calls his small plein air studies, "tracks in the snow", another refers to them as "target practice", others simply refer to them as their "dailies'.
This new section is dedicated to a completely different group of paintings. They are based on vintage photos that were taken between 1890 and 1950. New work will be added as I complete them.