Archer Dougherty grew up in Albuquerque, and studied every single medium but painting at the University of New Mexico. She took as much drawing as she could but her figurative tendencies were not popular with the generational abstract professors, and consequently she was never encouraged in her development as a draftsperson. Drawing was a means to an end, not a finished product of itself. She finished school with degrees in three-dimensional media.
Having been out of school for a few years, Archer came to realize that art is what you make of it, not what other people tell you it is. Two years ago she began drawing again, having become bored with her three dimensional work. Through drawing, Archer rediscovered her passion. Her figures began materializing once again in sketchbooks and paper, then finally onto wood panels. She then began experimenting with painting on top of her drawings and learned, because irony has a great sense of humor, that she was being drawn into the one media she never professionally studied.
Courtesy of [Archer Dougherty]