â€śYou start out with a blank canvas. When youâ€™re done putting this bunch of goo on there â€“ thatâ€™s what paint is â€“ the shapes and colors come together to form something beautiful.â€ť
Doney began his education at a community college and went on to attend the prestigious American Academy of Art in Chicago. Shortly after graduation, he obtained his first commission â€“ a football illustration for Playboy magazine. During the next 25 years, he created artwork for book covers, sports teams and advertising agencies.
He has long wanted to teach art full-time.This year, he achieved that ambition when he joined CCM as a full-time professor teaching drawing, painting, and portfolio and presentation classes.
Recently, Doney had his first one-man show at a New York gallery and found the event offered a special challenge. The gallery required 40 paintings.
In the summer of 2013, Doney will have another one-person show at the Morris Museum.
He has encouraged his own children to paint having learned early on that some artistic boundaries need to be established.
â€śMy son was goofing around with my paints and I was not in the room. I came in a little while later and found that he was adding his artistic touch to one of my paintings,â€ť he recalls.