By Jim Elias
“Stepping into my studio is like taking a roller coaster ride,” says artist Jane Doty about her passion for painting. “I will be putting brush strokes on a large abstract one day and layering fine detail on a realism piece the next.”

Part of this ride for Doty has resulted in some of her latest work being commissioned and reproduced to decorate The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, opening next week in downtown Muscatine.

Whether it’s on a large canvas, a small gesso board, or a piece that incorporates scraps of torn paper, Doty’s art emits a feeling and energy revealing her passion to create. Doty says, “My style definitely leans toward realism, but I do enjoy painting an abstract every now and then.”

Exploring and contrasting each piece of her work with another–like her Irisand one of her most recent abstract paintings, a piece she calls Flight–art lovers are invited to ride with her as she navigates her colorful journey.

“My medium is usually oil and sometimes acrylic,” she says, “but stretching my abilities and skills is important to me. Learn, learn, learn!”

Doty will be featured in a new exhibit opening March 10 at Muscatine’s Sunrise River Gallery called “Different Strokes: A journey in to the Abstract”. This show will display the abstract works of gallery artists and will include ten of Doty’s recent abstract paintings. Sunrise River Gallery is located at 215 E. 2nd Street and is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday evenings 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and by appointment.

A retired elementary educator, Doty is now a prolific artist working out of her home-based studio near Durant while exhibiting her paintings in a number of area galleries. She has a permanent gallery space at the Midcoast Fine Arts/Artist Market in the Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport, and she is a featured artist at Sunrise River Gallery. She also will be showing at Good Makers Market, May 25 and 26 at the Cedar County fairgrounds in Tipton.