Doug Martin picked up a paint brush for the first time in the summer of 2003, and hasn’t looked back since. “At fifty one I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.”
After nearly 30 years as a fine art photographer, the transition to this new medium has been difficult, but rewarding. “I can’t believe it took me this long to try my hand at painting, but now that I have, I’m completely hooked!” After working with all the technological aspects of photography for so many years Doug appreciates “the simple and direct connection the brush gives me to my piece”. His passion and obsession for painting has taken on a new intensity of discovery long since lost in his photography.
Doug studies his love of oil painting at the Art Students League of Denver, where he has had the good fortune to study with Quang Ho, Mark Daily, Ron Hicks, Kevin Weckbach, Doug Dawson and Kim English. His most consistent artistic insight and critique comes from frequent and invaluable discussions with his friend and mentor Dan Beck. He has participated in plein air painting workshops with Ralph Oberg, Matt Smith, Skip Whitcomb, Tim Deibler, Donald Demers, John Budicin, Ken Auster and Kenn Backhaus. Studying with these accomplished artists is helping Doug develop his skills and move forward on the long road of finding his own personal style.
Doug’s paintings are the expressions of his reactions to the intensity, subtlety and wonders of this amazing world. “If I can bring enough of the “feeling” of a place to my viewers they can, in their mind, fill in those details that impressionistic painting leaves open to individual interpretation. And it’s just those details that personalize a piece of art and allow each viewer to participate in “finishing” the piece thus making their experience with the painting unique.”
When Doug isn’t wandering around the country on painting trips in his “home away from home” he lives with his wife and son in Centennial, Colorado.