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Digital image artist Robert Dougherty was chosen for his free-flowing ideas put to color. Dougherty was trained at the University of Minnesota, studying art and psychology. By day, he is a rehabilitation counselor who paints and draws.

“I have been painting and drawing all my life,” Dougherty says. “I draw from experience and feel… from memories.”

Dougherty Seven Ten SplitDougherty says he began drawing in grade school in St. Paul, drawing people and cars. He took up sculpture in high school, and went on to study drawing, painting, and some printmaking at the University of Minnesota. There he was exposed to non-representational art and abstraction, which he really enjoyed, particularly color field painting with large areas of color up against color.

When he “met” the computer, he discovered digital paint using a mouse. He took to it immediately and found he could produce “…a very different kind of image, sometimes representing a memory, a simple moment or passing thought, maybe an imagining with a comical twist.” About his process, Dougherty says, “When I begin to work I don’t plan but just make a mark, make a line or two and see what it resembles. Then I return to it and simply ‘wing it’ ‘til I’m done. I shoot from the hip when making these things because it’s fun and I feel free and interested.”Dougherty Six Finger Man

Dougherty has participated in group shows in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He has shown his work at the State Fair and Northern Light shows.

“It makes for a happier day when anything can happen…like being a child again,” Dougherty says. “In a way, I’m back to drawing people and cars.”

Our Söntés Spring/Summer Gallery Exhibition (S/SGE) includes twelve artists whose work is on display at Söntés through September. All pieces are for sale and tend to move around. The next time you dine with us, and every time, feel free to move about the restaurant and take in the art. Wander. Absorb. Our house is your house.

For more information about blogger Jody Brown, see our Who We Are page.


Reminders for This Week: Don’t miss out on Champagne with Barbara Pitcher at 6:30 this Thursday! And Friday at midnight is the deadline for contributing online to our first-in-the-nation Uprooted Garden Project. Let’s make history together!


May Calendar of Söntés Events:
May 16: Wine Class with Sommelier Barbara Pitcher 6:30 p.m.
(reserve through Barbara ph. 952.358.1285)
May 17: Last day to contribute! Söntés UpRooted Garden Project
May 25: Dinner and a Movie: A Royal Affair
6 p.m.
(call us for a reservation)

See the Söntés Happenings page for more information
& watch for future Söntés blog posts
Söntés phone 507.292.1628