Doug was raised on the shores of Grand Lake in Celina, OH where he attended elementary and high school. The imagery that surrounded him during his Catholic school years captivated his attention, and he began to draw. In 1964, he was given a guitar which opened the door to both the visual and performing arts. In 1968, he enrolled in Bowling Green State University, and soon he became enamored with the process of printmaking. The odor of the ink, along with intricacies of the printing process, provided a nostalgic connection with the Evening Leader newspaper in St. Marys, Oh where his family ran a daily newspaper and printing company.
He soon transferred his printmaking skills to canvas, and began to work in both the painting and printmaking arenas. Upon graduation from Bowling Green, he completed a master’s degree in printmaking while teaching in northern Ohio. He found the rural subject matter of chickens, landscapes, and barns a wonderful complement to the fish and water scenes of his youth. That guitar given to him in 1964 served him well as he spent many weekends/evenings playing rock ‘n roll in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. For over 40 years, he raised chickens, goats, turkeys, and children while teaching at Stryker Local Schools. Upon retirement, he was asked to teach Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, Art History, Figure Drawing, Color and Design, Global Civilization and even the “History of Rock ‘n Roll”, retiring in 2013 as Professor Emeritus from Defiance College.
Printmaking was and is a champion medium for him. Also an avid painter, he applies the same formulas and techniques to the manipulation of paint in his works on canvas. He now resides in Dayton, Oh as a full-time artist.
Beginning in the 1970s, Doug began showing work at art festivals as well as regional and national galleries. For the past 10 years, he has participated in approximately 10-15 art festivals yearly along with one-man shows at regional and local galleries. Many evenings, you’ll find him sitting on the deck, overlooking the trees, the buildings, and the flower and vegetable gardens: always looking for his next inspiration.