Working at the intersection of drawing, painting, and photography, David A. Douglas creates large-scale works that explore the power of place. Depicting personally significant landscapes on a monumental scale, Douglas offers the viewer the opportunity to enter his visual world and experience the potency that underlies each moment. Amplifying the inner beauty within the ordinary, Douglas' works resonate with the intensity of a poem, simply stated yet somehow glowing with life from the inside out.
Although the works appear to be photographs, Douglas' method incorporates drawing and painting techniques as well. Trained first as a painter, Douglas came to use photography in mid-career, primarily as an offshoot of his work as a teacher. Although he now collects his imagery through a camera lens, his pieces still come into being through a process much more akin to painting. Image fragments are brought together with conscious attention focused on formal compositional elements. While drawn from specific and personally impactful landscapes, a finished work will most likely be made of parts from multiple places at once and is a depiction more of the artists' vision rather than a specific place. In this way, Douglas imbues each scene with a luscious and beautifully confounding incongruity. These qualities are subtle. One has to look closely, but the reward is layered and sublime.
Working at the intersection of drawing, painting, and photography, David A. Douglas creates large-scale works that explore the power of place.