Local watercolorist admitted to Kentucky Guild of Artists


Watercolorist Wayne Daugherty is all smiles about his recent admission to the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, a statewide visual arts group based out of Berea. Some artists apply multiple times to the group's two-times per year jury process, but Daugherty made it in his first time trying.

He says that to become a member of the group, an artist must submit at least five pieces that are similar, which then are looked over by 10 to 20 people - the jury - who work in "every type of media," Daugherty says.

"They decide if your work is good enough," he says with a grin. "It's tough, but I juried in the first time."

Those who don't make it in the first time are assigned a mentor, who helps them improve their works, he adds.


KGAC exhibits twice a year in Berea, Daugherty says. About 150 artists are members of the group.

Daugherty, an Alum Springs native, also has been increasing his involvement with local visual arts groups such as the Gathering Artists and Wilderness Trace Art League. He also has become involved with a new visual arts group, Danville Artist Guild.

Back injury led to painting

He took up painting again five years ago, although he had been involved with the visual arts since he was in high school. A lifelong volleyball player, Daugherty was forced to give up that activity after injuring his back. So he returned to painting.

"I went to Campbellsville College and majored in art education, but there was nothing to do (in that field) when I graduated," Daugherty says. "I worked at (R.R.) Donnelley for 18 years.

"In high school, I got into it. I had a teacher who influenced me, a nice person, one of those who changes the way you think. ... I had always done stuff here and there. I did portraits. But recently, I've been painting more seriously. About four months ago, I was laid off - my department was downsized."

Now, he's a stay-at-home dad and an artist. He's just started painting animals after spending a period of time painting farm scenes and barns, he says.

"I like animals - I like stuff with textures to it."

For a long time, he worked with prismacolor pencil, a type of colored pencil. He says he used to watch Danville resident Wilma Brown paint watercolors, which inspired him to try his hand at that medium.

"Wilma was a big influence on me getting back into (art)," Daugherty notes.

"I enjoy doing art - it's fun for me. When I'm doing art, I lose all concept of time. ... I'm thinking about composition. I'm thinking about different textures. I like trying to get a feel for texture."

He uses Photoshop to work out compositions

He takes pictures of his subjects with a high-resolution camera, takes them to Wal-Mart to have them printed, and uses Adobe Photoshop to work out the composition of his paintings. "I worked on computers at Donnelley," Daugherty notes.

A trip to the Louisville Zoo a few months ago led to pictures of wild animals as well as a picture of ducks, which he titled "Reflecting Pool."

He says he is working toward becoming a full-time artist, and is getting involved with more shows and exhibitions.

"The Gathering Artists have three places where they show stuff, which rotates every month," Daugherty explains. "And Dr. Baeker's office (exhibits) 10 or 12 artists' pieces."

He also hopes to get involved with the St. James Art Fair in Louisville, an outdoor fair that is popular and well-attended.

He sends out postcards about his work and where it is being exhibited, and is mixing up doing large- and small-scale works. He sells prints of some of his work for $75; originals range from $350 to $450. Framed works are priced a little higher, Daugherty says.

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