Artist Danny Doughty's impactful folk paintings honor the women and the families who cared for him during his tumultuous youth on Virginia's Eastern Shore - they were often African-American families to whom he was unrelated. Stylized, idealized maternal forms dominate many of his canvases, often figures jubilant in song, dance, or everyday chores.
Danny is the man who "should not be alive" according to doctors at Johns Hopkins. He has endured much hardship both psychological and physical, but his work is both therapeutic and comforting. He channels what must be intense feelings into idyllic paintings that celebrate a simple way of life.
The African American women who helped raise him seem to have left him with an angelic imprint which he communicates with paint.
Doughty is known for his bold use of primary colors and sinuous strong lines. Part Norman Rockwell, part Grandma Moses, his work is in collections nationwide.