“You start out with a blank canvas. When you’re done putting this bunch of goo on there – that’s what paint is – the shapes and colors come together to form something beautiful.”
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 – 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.
“My 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,” he recalls.