This is a painting of a set of shelves and the merchandise on them that I found in a local general store (except for a couple of items I added to fill the shelf space and add interest). I chose the title "Fast Relief" since the items shown can, in one way or another, provide relief for a variety of ailments, from boredom to insect pests to curiosity to the need for a smoke.
Doug was born in North Carolina, USA, and has lived there all his life. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Industrial Relations and worked for many years as a clinical social worker in a mental health facility while continuing to paint and draw as a hobby and avocation. Since retiring in 2003, he has devoted more time to these endeavors and has met with increasing success in exhibiting and sales.
Since childhood, Doug has been inspired and motivated by visual art, photography, and the natural beauty of people, places, and scenes around him. He started very early to try to capture, on paper in pencil and other media, the things that attracted him visually. Although he has taken art courses, including some...
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