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Conversations with the Inspiring Liv Dockerty

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liv Dockerty.

Liv, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been painting and drawing my whole life. As a child, I was constantly drawing and creating arts and crafts. In high school, I got accepted to Parsons the New School for Design, which was my number one choice for college, and had to decide my major. I ending up choosing a design major because I was afraid of the ‘starving artist’ stigma. Then, when I graduated from Parsons, I still felt this calling to paint and create. So, when I moved back to Miami, I started painting large scale paintings, which at the time felt more like a hobby. I ended up getting selected by RH Contemporary Art to sell my paintings in their stores. This really was the launching point for my art career. My life as an artist skyrocketed at that point. I have had numerous commissions for works and participated in many art shows. I have given an artist lecture, which I never thought I would have done, but it was a great moment for me. I also got a licensing deal with a tech company which was really cool. This year, I opened a Pop-Up Gallery, The LIV Gallery, in Coral Gables to showcase my works. I look forward to many more projects in the future!

Has it been a smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been without struggles. It is not easy when you have the type of career that doesn’t provide you with a steady income, but that has really taught me to have the work ethic that I do now. Starting my business has been one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences for me. I have learned to put myself out there and feel confident enough to discuss my work to people. I have also learned that to be a successful artist it is really important to have a business mindset. I am branding my art and hopefully can continue to create an empire around it. If I had to give advice to other young women starting their careers, I would tell them to pursue their dreams no matter how afraid they are of failing.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a contemporary abstract painter. My art is inspired by the sky at different times of the day. I love the way sunlight hits the clouds and creates different colors. I find it to be really ethereal and dreamlike. My signature style can be described as swirling brushstrokes of flowing colors. I use specialty paints that change color as you move around the artwork. They are called interference colors and they react much like iridescence. For example, when viewing my work from one side, you might see a light green but then, if you move to the other side of the painting (left to right or right to left) you will see it turn light pink. They color shift and I think that adds an interactive element to the art. It is also a lot like the clouds in the sky at sunset that is peach one moment and lavender the next.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
I have luckily never worked in a corporate world where women face a lot of adversities and pay discrepancies in the workplace but that is not to say I haven’t faced challenges. In an essay by American art historian Linda Nochlin, written in 1971, she posed the question, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Then Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director for Dior, posed the same question on the Dior runway for the Spring 2018 collection. I found it really fascinating that this same question was relevant almost 50 years later. When you go down the list of the most famous artists in history, you’ll see that probably 95% of them are men. I haven’t changed this yet but I sure am going to try.

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1 Comment

  1. Brian Arnason

    February 14, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Wow, awareness and interest in local, exceptionally talented artists like Liv Dockerty has really taken off. Thanks for doing your part in this renaissance VoyageMIA!

    I attended the opening night of the LIV gallery on Giralda Av in Coral Gables a few Friday’s ago and was amazed at the size of the crowd. Her unique, contemporary abstracts had everyone buzzing with excitement and cued up eager to meet and greet this rising star of the local arts world.

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