Doug started on the road to painting and
becoming and artist in mid-1940’s sketching
airplanes and pin-up girls.
Doug attended the Carroll University for two
years. He enlisted in the USMC and began
painting in Laguna Beach area while stationed
at El Toro Marine Base as an air traffic
controller. Eventually he ended up in air
traffic control for the FAA at the Cleveland
Center for 16 years. Started painting seriously
in 1971 when health problems from job stress
indicated a need for a more sedate
occupation. Retired in 1973 and moved to
Fountain Hills in 1974.
Studied palette knife painting with Art Kerner
in Scottsdale, becoming Mr. Kerner’s assistant
for a year where he then opened his own
teaching program and gallery in Fountain Hills.
First show was at the Smoki Exhibit in Prescott
where he received personal compliments of
then Governor Castro.
Many shows followed with art groups around
the Valley of the Sun including the inaugural
Fountain Festival. Doug was the idea man and
originator of the 8’s Great Fair show which is
going strong today.
He has had one-man shows at various hotels,
Phoenix Country Club and in his home state of
Ohio. He has also been featured in the Senate
of the Arizona State Capital.
Doug exhibited in the first two
shows of the Scottsdale
Celebration of Fine Art and the
Mountain Oyster show in Tucson.
For several years his works were
displayed in his own gallery, and in
his restaurant (Que Bueno) in
Other galleries include – Gordon
Snidow’s Grey Fox in Ruidoso, New
Mexico, Gold Nugget in
Wickenberg, Treasures in Art,
Pinnacle Peak Village, Visuals and
Scottsdale Fashion Square.
He is presently working out of his
home studio in Fountain Hills.