Coffee With Steve

In the upcoming weeks, the American Artist website will begin a transition to a new platform that utilizes the advantages offered by community technology. I've decided to take the lead and launch the first blog on our new site. My future posts will include summaries of conversations I’ve had with people during my 30 years as editor-in-chief of American Artist magazine. Many will summarize the answers I’ve given to artists who have asked for advice over the years or are pieces of conversations I’ve had with dealers, jurors, or other magazine editors regarding the state of representational art in America.

This new opportunity to interact with our readers has me so excited that I’ve already begun writing several posts in advance, and as I write them, I can imagine you the reader sitting across from me in a coffee shop trading stories that amuse and enlighten both of us. Now that I’ve started the conversation, I hope you will respond by sending me an e-mail or participating in the Forums section of our website (

Before I write any more, however, I need to know how you take your tea or coffee—decaf or regular, sugar or cream?

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About M. Stephen Doherty

I've been interested in art since I was a child,  and I was fortunate to be able to take Saturday art classes at the Cincinnati Art Museum from the time I was 9 years old until I finished high school. I majored in art at Knox College and graduated summa *** laude, Phi Beta Kappa (proving artists can use both sides of their brain!).  I then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Cornell University; taught art in public schools, a community college, an adult education program, and a college; worked in the marketing department of a company that manufactured screen printing supplies; and was hired to be editor of American Artist in January, 1979.

Thomas S. Buecher introduced me to plein air painting and it immediately became a passion of mine because it got me outdoors and allowed me to continue learning when I traveled to judge art shows, attend conventions, give lectures, and interview artists. Over the years I've exhibited my paintings at Bryant Galleries in New Orleans, Trees Place Gallery on Cape Cod, and in a traveling exhibition titled From Sea to Shining Sea.

I've written 10 books on artists and art techniques and contibuted articles to magazines, websites, and exhibition catalogs. Now as I prepare for semi-retirement, I'm trying to hone my painting skills -- especially those related to painting portraits.

I've been very fortunate to have met thousands of talented artists who have enriched my life with their art, their friendship, and their advice. I am grateful to Jerry Hobbs and Susan Meyer who hired me in 1979, to the talented people who worked with me on the magazines, and to the artists and advertisers who supported American Artist, Watercolor, Workshop, and Drawing  magazines and the related websites.

I've also been blessed with a supportive, talented wife, Sara; a daughter, Clare, who works for an insurance agency; a son, Michael, who is a computer enginner in Austin; a son-in-law, Shawn, who can fix and carry anything; a granddaughter, Amanda, who has me wrapped around her finger; and my mother, Dotty, who has advised and encouraged me from the beginning.

35 thoughts on “Coffee With Steve

  1. Hi Steve,

    I’ll have my coffee, black, with cream.
    Thanks very much!

    I’m so happy to meet you and appreciate the wonderful opportunity American Artist is providing for the artist community to come together with this new technology!

    It’s a beautiful site!

  2. Black coffee Steve. I saw that there were no members groups yet so I started one to get the ball rolling “Mastering Oils” no members yet, just started. Oh and hand me one of the donuts will ya?

  3. Hi Steve, I’ll take my coffee black please. Great magazine, well respected.
    I saw that there were no members groups yet so I started one “Mastering Oils” helping to get the ball rolling. No members yet, just started. Oh and pass me a danish please.

  4. Strong, cream-only, and decaf … I’ve been forbidden by my family and co-workers ever to partake of any caffienated beverage because I’m too intense. 😉

  5. English Breakfast Tea please – and I need two mugs in a morning (no sugar) before I press ‘publish’ on my blog!

    It’s good to see the Journal fraternity getting into blogging. As somebody who has been blogging for the last three years I really enjoy it and can highly recommend it.

    I am however not thinking of abandoning my 900+ subscribers and fully intend to keep blogging where I am at present – but I did wonder whether it is possible (through a feed?) to achieve a link between my blog and this site and vice versa. I guess all will be explained in due course………. 🙂

  6. Hi,
    I am new to painting and self taught with CDs and books. I use acrylic and love to paint landescapes. I am hoping to learn from this site! Oh by the way I take my coffee black.
    I will be asking questions and I think this is a great site. I am 65 so it is never to late to learn.
    Thank You

  7. Steve, This is fantastic! I think everyone is really going to enjoy this site. I know I do already and I’m glad to be here with you and with the entire American Artist Community. Thanks so much!
    Tom Valenti
    President, Allied Artists of America

  8. Hi Steve,

    Green tea after throwing away the first water or just hot water please!

    I learned to drink hot water from a lovely chinese friend of mine.

    I’m exited to be able to learn so much from your long experience. Thanks!

  9. Hi Steve,
    Oil painting is my thing, I’m already 3 cups ahead, coffee with milk…can’t wait to chat and learn with you and the gang!

    Thanks so much,

  10. If it’s tea, then a nice cup of Earl Grey with a sweet-n-low and a spot of cream plz. If it’s coffee, I like it black – go figure – lol. 😉

    I love your magazine and have been enjoying this site. I’m relatively new to the art scene, and look forward to learning more, seeing other’s work and sharing ideas.

    Thanks for your hard work in making this site possible. Sincerely, fellow art lover, Laura

  11. Hi Steve, and everyone! Thanks for creating this forum and I am looking forward to reading the blogs.

    I will have a vanilla hazelnut medium blend with sugar. Love the aroma!


  12. I just found out it is easier to draw than make tea or coffee after seeing how many different ways there are to make it.
    Still, while I am enjoying this wonderful site I will take mine “Double Double” Thanks.


  13. I suppose the donuts are all gone by now. Coffee with cream, or Assam with cream and sugar. Thanks. Have taken the magazine for a million years, but just recently joined here. If you’re ever in Wales, give us a call…..I’ll put on the coffee pot! (Cariad, aka L S Garwood)