Born in Glasgow in 1984, Douglas was awarded a BA (Hons) followed by a Master of Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2008. In 2013, he continued his studies with a PDGE in Art and Design and is now an Art teacher in the East of Scotland. He currently lives in Perthshire with his wife and 2 children.
During his degree Douglas studied the works of and was enthused by 19th Century Romantic artists, who were the first artists to portray the picturesque scenery of areas in Scotland like Glencoe and Loch Katrine. He is inspired by Scottish highland myths and legends and portrays them using oils, acrylics and charcoal, capturing the intensity and majesty of the landscape and frequently uses imaginary techniques. This is achieved by highlighting over exaggerated rock faces and creating piercing light rays through breaking clouds, as well as reflection and focusing on the tranquillity of distant springs and lochs. Mankind or human creations rarely feature in his work as it is the awe of nature, and the spirit of the sublime that he loves to explore.
His recent works concentrate on the use of vivid colours to represent the vibrant diversity of the Scottish landscape while focusing on the changing weather of Scotland, creating turbulent skies and wild waters.
Douglass love of the great outdoors shines through in his work and he is a keen mountain biker, frequently cycling into the wilds of Scotland. He also a big supporter of charity work, participating in the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail in 2019, which raised funds for the ARCHIE Foundation and its work to improve childrens hospitals and wards in Scotland and also Maggies Penguin Parade in 2018.
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