Doug's journey to become a fine artist took many years but makes for an interesting story. He drew avidly as a child growing up but hadn't painted until 2001 after a near death experience convinced him to try what he had been dreaming of for so many years.
But its more humorous start would have to begin with the fact that he failed art in high school and so he followed his other passion which was acting. From high school to 1998, Doug worked as an actor and director in stage, TV and film. He became one of the founding performers of the Rosebud Dinner Theatre and also starred in two pilot television shows and numerous other film and TV spots. After leaving acting in 1998, he was commissioned to do a portrait of hockey legend Guy LaFleur, and the series of graphite drawings that ensued are now displayed in venues throughout North America. In 2001 he was also recognized for his award winning web design.
Since then, however, Doug has devoted himself full-time to fine art, oil paintings and graphite/charcoal drawings being his preferred mediums. His historical works seek to preserve moments from the North American Indian way of life and to explore themes of the West. These pieces reflect Doug's passion for authentic detail as well as drama, texture and a beautiful sense of light. His contemporary works focus on commissioned portraits and plein-air landscapes.
Doug considers his 'big break' to have been when he was juried into the Calgary Stampede Western Art Showcase in 2003 and has been exhibiting his works at
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