Hearing the Voiceless Via Visionary Folk Art in Cambridge, Maryland
In the back of Joie de Vivre Gallery lies the portal into Danny’s World. Brushstroke by brushstroke, Danny Doughty has spent a lifetime portraying a simple life he knew as a child in the salt marsh lowlands of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. His bright canvases celebrate the daily life of Northhampton County's black working class amid twentieth-century backdrops of livestock, cookhouses, and oyster barges. His subjects are those who nurtured and cared for him in a place and time where most everyone fished and farmed; and, says Danny, “Lord help you if you wanted to paint." They are faceless, he says, because, like the artist, “they were voiceless." Clearly, Danny has found his voice.