Cheryl Doty was born in 1956 in Gary, Indiana. She came from a family of seven siblings. After high school she studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and later founded her own signage and graphic design company, Doty and Associates.  For over 20 years she grew the firm to offices in Chicago, Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Her clients were industry design leaders such as Nike, architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, advertising agency Leo Burnett, and Seattle Art Museum.  Doty’s company still thrives after 40 years and is now owned by her employees.  

After closing her corporate chapter, it was a natural move into the world of artistic exploration. She wanted to express her vision on a personal scale and has dedicated her life to art.  Capturing the soul of her subjects in an oil or a sketch, or watching an abstract piece unfold behind her brush strokes, fulfills her. Not confined to a single methodology, genre or media, she pushes boundaries and rejects the commercialization of her art in favor of her own style.

She studied at the Art Center College of Design, and has constantly enhanced her skills through a steady stream of workshops, seminars and classes.  For years she has studied closely with noted artist Jove Wang, along with

other instructors including Nicholas Wilton, Kathleen Dunphy, Madeline Garrett, and Tom Van Stein. When not working in California, she painted in China, Paris and Spain, focusing intently on the use of local color to reveal the essence of her subject. She travels the world, exposing herself to the myriad designs, colors, architectures, fabrics, and cultures which she then integrates into her work. Her artistic vision is constantly evolving over time as she opens herself to the ever-changing richness and vibrance that surrounds her.


2017 Solo Exhibition, Maison K, Montecito, CA

2018 Lobero Magazine Cover, Spring Issue

2018 Lobero Magazine Cover, Fall Issue

2019 Solo Exhibition, Funk Zone, Santa Barbara, CA


1995 Chicago Tribune

2017 Montecito Journal