Born and reared in Hesston, KS, Doug spent his early childhood running free on his Grandfather Miller’s farm. He roamed the creek beds, lined with cottonwoods and willow, and photographed creek scenes and sunsets. When he wasn’t doing that, he was playing basketball or sandlot ball. 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 didn’t 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 Helen’s 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 37 years, Doug married and welcomed his daughter, Amanda, into the world. Even after 37 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.”