Born and reared in Hesston, Kansas, Doug spent his early childhood running free on his Grandfather Millers farm. 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. Doug married and welcomed his daughter, Amanda, into the world. Approaching 40 years as a full-time artist, Doug continues to perfect his technique. He attends various workshops and the National Plein Air Convention.