This is a painting of the front porch of a craftsman style house in a nearby town. With its curved brackets at each end of the front porch, it stands out from all the others on the block. Although I added the dog and the people on the porch using my artistic license, almost everything else is exactly as I saw it. I really like the interaction of direct light, reflected light and shadow. The dog adds a playful bit of life to complete the composition.
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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