Honoring Steve Doherty’s Legacy

Steve Doherty, artist and former editor of PleinAir Magazine and American Artist Magazine, passed away recently from a heart attack.

“We are devastated to hear of Steve’s passing,” said Eric Rhoads, CEO of Streamline Publishing, and a friend of Steve’s. “Steve had a huge positive impact and influence in the art world as editor of American Artist for 42 years and PleinAir for seven. He has known and interviewed every major living artist in the last 50 years, including Andrew Wyeth. He has thousands of friends in the art world and will be deeply missed. Our condolences to Sara and his family.”

M. Stephen Doherty majored in art at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, and graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY; taught art in public schools, a community college, and at Knox; worked in the marketing department of a company that manufactured screen printing art supplies; and then moved to a suburb of New York City. He was the editor of American Artist magazine and launched three other art magazines: Watercolor, Drawing, and Workshop. He later became Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


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