Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Doughty.
Rebecca, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I had a free-range childhood in a rural town outside Boston, where my animals and nature and wildlife were my closest companions. Like most kids I loved to draw, and then I never saw any good reason to stop. I knew early on that I did not want to live a conventional life, but I didn’t know what that might look like. I just knew I wanted to be able to continue to make my art. I went to art school, traveled overseas, and then settled in the Boston area. Somehow, I’ve managed to juggle various jobs and to keep going in my studio, and here I am 40 years later. That’s the short version, I left out the scary parts.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
The constant in my work has been my love of drawing, and of the expressive qualities of line. I have long used animal characters in my work and think of them as players in comic and tragic human dramas. I think perhaps my work exists in some odd territory– very much rooted in traditions of painting and drawing, and at the same time poking fun at these traditions. I hope my work makes people laugh or cry or shiver (to borrow from Philip Larkin). I just hope it makes people feel something and feel glad they came.
How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success is when I wake up another day and am able to go to work in my studio. What is essential is being able to call that enough.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am very fortunate to show my work at the Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown. I’ll be having two shows there this summer: July 20- Aug 8, and again August 30-Sept 19. I work at Miller Street Studios in Somerville, and you can visit me at our biennial open studios event next spring. I have also written and illustrated a number of children’s books which can be found in bookstores and online. I have a website www.rebecadoughty.com, and you can find me on Instagram at rebeccadoughtyart.
Images taken by the artist and Stewart Clements.