Monica Dougherty

Artist • Author • Art Therapist

About Monica

My Creative Journey

Drawing • Painting • Writing

About Monica

Monica Dougherty

monica doughertyMonica is an artist, art therapist, author and teacher. After a few years working in TV production she left the bright lights of New York City and returned home to Chicago to follow new dreams. Along the way there were countless jobs as a temp secretary to pay the bills as she pursued a freelance art career. After fulfilling her biggest dream – becoming a mother – she went on to become an art therapist, author and art teacher. In her role as an art therapist she has worked with pre-school, elementary and high school students.

She also works at a facility which provides services for adults with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities, offering creative opportunities for enhanced self-esteem, for the expression of feelings, for stimulating a sense of joy and supplying opportunities for success. She is a published author and creator of The Laughing Angels©, a whimsical and merry group of beings who inspired her first book, You’re A Miracle…Pass It On!

When not working you can find her happily creating, listening to old radio programs, binging on favorite movies, and TV shows, spending time with her family and, with her band of Spirit Sisters,


Rose’s Ring: Inheritors of Silence and Secrets

An historical novel, based on true facts, Rose’s Ring is the story of Rose Donovan, a TV reporter from Chicago, always on the lookout for a great story, and a great love. She has no idea that both are already in her own backyard; or at least nearby.

roses ring coverRose feels she is going nowhere fast. After the death of her mother, she inherits a ring and a diary. Traveling to Ireland and with the help of a psychic she is taken back in time to the years of the Great Hunger and the story of her ancestors, Rose Ryan and James Kilroy. Living through the harrowing and tragic events of those years, they are torn apart by events beyond their control.

Fleeing starvation, tyranny and oppression in their native land they are reunited in America only to find similar horrors being forced upon the Native population and the African slaves. Interwoven in her own family story is the plight of a group of Native Oneida people on a forced march to treatied lands in Wisconsin and of Joshua Glover, a runaway slave, whose decision to stop running sets in motion events that culminate in one of the worst shipwrecks in Lake Michigan maritime history, the sinking of The Lady Elgin.

The family ring was recovered, but the story was not until Rose Donovan’s journey enables her to not only bring the story of the ring back to the family, but also empowers her to follow her own dream, a powerful gift from her ancestors.

Rose's Ring: Inheritors of Silence and Secrets

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Laughter can actually heal the body and spirit.  That’s why Tom is most happy to show himself as a clown.  In fact, he’s known as the Cosmic Clown.

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Merry Grace

Merry Grace is the Healing Angel.  She’s very gentle, calm and steady.  She relies on love and other tools (herbs, nutrition, and meditation) to heal body and soul.

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Wally takes on the role of Guardian Angel and likes to appear in a body that’s kind of spindly.  It tickles him that he doesn’t look anything like you might expect a guardian angel to look like.

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Inez is the Earth Angel.  She cherishes the Native American connection to nature and the earth.

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