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Oil & Pastels

A latecomer to art, Douglas took his first painting instruction at the age of 40. He has been painting for more than a decade. His interest in art commenced when he was introduced to the French Impressionists while studying French in high school. While a law student at Indiana University in the 1980's, he discovered the works of T.C. Steele and the other early painters of Brown County. When he decided to pursue art, he looked to Brown County for instruction and found Robert Hoffman, with whom he studied for six years. He has also taken many workshops with regional and national instructors, including Michael Chesley Johnson and Brenda Mattson. He has also learned from studying and collecting the works of historic painters, including those from Brown County and from Cape Ann, Massachusetts. He has curated a major exhibit of Cape Ann paintings and has authored an article published in "American Art Review".

Douglas has amassed an impressive resume of state and regional juried shows and awards, including Indiana Heritage Arts, Hoosier Salon, Ventures in Creativity, Elkhart Regional, Artlink and numerous other exhibits in Indiana and Ohio. He has exhibited at several invitationals, including an exhibit of Plein Air paintings by ten Northeast Indiana painters at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in 2011, and had a one-man show at Lakeland Art Assn. in Pierceton, IN (2009). He has taught classes in pastel painting in Fort Wayne and Hope, Indiana.

Pastel is his preferred media. He also works in oil. His representational works, mostly landscapes, are original creations painted en plein air or from the photographs taken in his many travels. His favorite scenes are usually from Indiana or New England and in his travels, he and his wife often visit places that were, and continue to be, important centers for American art ... among them: Monhegan Island, Maine; Cape Ann, Massachusetts; Old Lyme, Connecticut; Jeffersonville, Vermont and Brown County, Indiana. He spends a lot of time in art museums and reading art books, learning from the examples that he finds there.

His work can be seen year-round at Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville and Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne.

Douglas is a self-employed attorney and he and his wife Laura are residents of New Haven, Indiana

Artist Statement:

It has been a great honor to study, work and sell my art in Brown County and follow in the footsteps of the Hoosier artists that I admire."

"I enjoy submitting work to art exhibits and have been accepted to more than 40 juried and invitational exhibits in Indiana and Ohio. Having work accepted to a good show is exciting and rewarding -- and being selected for an award is a great honor."

"I enjoy submitting work to art exhibits and have been accepted to more than 40 juried and invitational exhibits in Indiana and Ohio. Having work accepted to a good show is exciting and rewarding -- and being selected for an award is a great honor."

 

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