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A native of South Miami he has spent much of his life exploring alone, on or around the water and those elemental moments of sky and water -- and the edges between -- form the foundation for his exploration as a painter as well. Doug's expressive compositions and strong respect for light, attempt to say as much about the way a place feels, as the way it looks. His coastal roots and a lifetime designing in a broad range of mediums, drive paintings that push new views of both the expanse and the detail of the coastal landscape. Based in interpretive realism, his style intentionally and easily departs to explore more abstract or distant characters... usually returning once again to rest comfortably at home. His art is a collection of personal views associated with those experiences -- in life and in paint. Easy departure... and constant returns from open exploration to known edges and more familiar horizons. He holds a Bachelors of Environmental Design and a Bachelors of Architecture from Auburn University and has spent a near 30-year professional career as an architect, designer, visual communication strategist and consultant. He has been painting and drawing since childhood, and his work hangs in private and corporate collections from Seattle to the Bahamas. Currently, Doug splits his time between Atlanta, Georgia and the coast of Northwest Florida.
My paintings are meditative studies done with rich color and bold graphic compositions-I often incorporate circles, grids, and stripes. The universality and appeal of this symbology pulls the viewer in and holds them there to explore the subtle details. I try to create work that both captivates and calms. I work with abstractions because I want to put forth something universal that can be open to interpretations that are unique to each individual and can continue to evolve over time.
Time, nature, and the obsessive need to leave my mark... elements and energy flows... my work is a reflection on life processes and ecological cycles and the interdependence of things. I am particularly interested in the intersection of the natural world with the man-made environment and in recent years I have observed the many changes that man has brought to the natural terrain. I find myself rushing to record the moments preceding the changes, the moments just before the balance of life is altered irrevocably. The paintings become visual diaries, internal maps of vanishing landscapes and vanishing cultures. A painting evolves slowly, through layers of gesso, paint, charcoal and glazes. I often work on the floor, circling around, building up, scraping away, centering, focusing, performing the ritual gestures that are part of the process. It's an organic process, through which I become in touch with who I am and how the world is.