My art is a visual expression of the intersection between my dreams and my conscious reality, particularly those moments when I am not fully asleep and my mind is free to wander. Inspired by philosophical ideas, current events, personal challenges, nature, and much more, I reflect upon how I want to visually express this subject matter and then execute that vision. My paintings are thus metaphors for my experiences as I try to make sense of my life, understand the bigger picture, decide where I fit into this chaotic world, and create some order or structure to comprehend it all. A question I constantly ask myself is "does my artwork feel relevant to my lived experience, my community, and is it part of a bigger conversation?".
Doug was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been pursuing art since middle school. He received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in 1992. During his twenties, Doug lived in Bend (Oregon), France, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland (Oregon), and Minneapolis. Since moving back to Bend in 2000, Doug's patrons are private collectors and murals commissioned for public spaces. Doug and his wife are currently raising their daughter in Midtown Bend, making art, and building community through their non-profit the High Desert Mural Festival (HDMF), which supports mural projects enhancing the public arts culture of Central Oregon and fostering visual arts education.