As a kid growing up in Chicago, Doug collected illustrated paperback covers, printed his own comic books and made movies with friends. His creative impulses lead him to a serious interest in painting, and he went on to graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 1985. After gaining valuable professional experience by working at several downtown illustration studios, Doug moved to California to study at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
Upon returning to Chicago, Doug established his own studio where his illustrations have been commissioned for posters, advertising, book covers, magazines, corporate communications, calendars and collector plates by various national and international agencies and design firms. His work has been recognized for its heroic-deco style that includes influences of WPA murals and Art Nouveau design.
Concept. Creativity. Composition. Mood. Light. Drama. Color. These are the key elements in Doug's image-making process. Doug sees his work as a collaboration with his clients where problem-solving, cooperation and the ability to meet deadlines are integral to the success of the final painting.