Doug spent most of his early life getting out into nature hiking, logging or riding his horse through the hardwood forests of southern Wisconsin. The enchantment of the moments before sunrise, the quiet elegance of a snow fall, or the golden light on the hay fields cemented his love of studying and observing nature. It is the place Doug felt the most at home and peaceful. It is little wonder that he now finds himself a painter of the landscape. He often sends texts with photos of where he is painting to his kids with the description…"my office, Glacier Park". It is always followed with a smiley face.
Drawing and playing music as a youngster began Douglas's personal journey into creativity. It is no surprise that when he met his wife Susan, then an art student in college where they both attended; he fell in love with her and her passionate art spirit. Doug says "I fell in love with her big brown eyes" and Susan says it was her "big black art portfolio". Their love of art is one of the many bonds, including the raising of 3 children, (one of whom Jennifer Diehl has followed in our footsteps) that keep their love affair going.
As Doug worked to support the family, he continued to draw, paint and take a few workshops when time permitted from well known artists such as Ron Lukas, William F Reese and Henry Stinson who the couple were blessed to also call friends. Susan and Jennifer are grateful for the entrepreneurial skills and construction knowledge Doug gained during that time that have allowed the three artist to take on some bigger projects and large scale paintings.
After the kids were grown and Doug's responsibilities in that regard lessened, Doug began to realize his dream of becoming a full time professional painter. After talking it over they basically held hands and jumped off that cliff together.
Today Doug is an internationally collected, award winning artist traveling, painting and living his dream.
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