Born and reared in Hesston, Kansas, Doug spent his early childhood running free on his Grandfather Millers farm. I roamed the creek beds, lined with cottonwoods and willow, and photographed creek scenes and sunsets. When I wasnt doing that, I was playing basketball or sandlot ball. I loved sports. Doug played baseball for both Hesston College and Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, where he graduated with a BA in Art. I actually painted hard-edged abstract in college; two of my paintings were featured in the Senior exhibition; this honor and the encouragement of my parents influenced me to pursue an art career. I didnt think I could make a living as an artist in Kansas. My uncle offered me an opportunity to farm and still pursue my painting in the off seasons, so I moved to eastern Washington. Then, in 1980, Mount Saint Helens blew its top and covered most of Eastern Washington in an inch of volcanic ash. I relocated in Leavenworth, Washington, a town modeled after an authentic Bavarian village, and launched my career as a full-time artist.
During the next three decades, Doug married and welcomed his daughter, Amanda, into the world, and opened four separate galleries in Leavenworth, WA, and has exhibited work in the following:
*Cactus Wren Gallery in Tubac, AZ
*Filsinger Gallery in Palm Desert, CA
*Simic Gallery in Seattle, Carmel & Beverly Hills, CA
*Hildabobs Gallery in Winthrop,WA
*Das Meisterstuk Gallery in Leavenworth, WA
Even after 41 years as a full-time artist, Doug continues to perfect his technique. He attends various workshops and the National Plein Air Convention. I paint on location to lock in the true colors; these sketches are used to compose larger, detailed studio paintings. I strive to give my collectors that same feeling of awe that I feel when I paint the scene. Often, clients refer to my paintings as serene, peaceful, and inspiring.
Dougs future goals are to paint both mountain and desert landscapes. He currently resides at Saddlebrook Ranch in Oracle, Arizona.