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Doug Strickland, North Carolina Artist

Benson, NC - February 28th, 2013

Text of article featuring Doug that ran in Rural Heritage Magazine, August/September 2012 by Bethany Caskey. A career as a fine artist came later in life for North Carolina native Doug Strickland. Born in the small town of Benson, N.C., 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 painting and drawing as a hobby. Stricklandís father, the son of a farmer, was the manager of a shirt factory and a machinist. Strickland credits his father for his need for precision in his work. His mother, who encouraged Dougís interest, was the daughter of a sharecropper. Strickland spent his summers working on farms and found a love of rural imagery, though his career ultimately took him away from the farmerís life. Since childhood, the visual arts, and the natural b...