Doug Strickland
Artist's Statement/Biography

I was born in North Carolina, and have lived here all my life. I graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Industrial Relations and worked for many years as a clinical social worker in a mental health facility while pursuing involvement in painting and drawing as a hobby and avocation. Since retiring in 2003, I have devoted more time to my artwork and have met with increasing success in exhibiting and sales.

Since childhood, I have been inspired and motivated by visual art, photography, and the natural beauty of people, places, and scenes around me. I started very early to try to capture on paper in pencil and other media, the things that attracted me visually. Although I have taken art courses, including some in college, I am primarily self-taught in the techniques that interest me and in which I work best.

I draw and paint in a realistic representational style, but do not try for a photo-realistic effect .  I want the viewers to have no doubt they are looking at artwork which was created by hand.  I feel that representational art stands on its own for evaluation without the need for suspension of critical analysis by the viewer or external interpretation or validation.  I have studied the works of Van Gogh, Sargent, and others, whose use of color, texture, and brushwork in their creative processes, have been strong inspirational influences that I try to emulate. My work is representational in nature, and often has impressionistic qualities.  The style and quality of my artwork have evolved and improved over the years, owing in part to the workshop tutelage of nationally-renowned artist, Daniel Greene, and recreational painting courses I have received (and later taught) through Johnston Community College.  I participated in a portrait academy workshop sponsored by the Portrait Society of America in November 2006 instructed by Dawn Whitelaw and Edward Jonas.  I produce several portrait drawings or paintings every year in addition to still lifes, landscapes, florals, animals, or whatever subject matter attracts my attention.  I maintain a website where I display and sell my artwork and offer commissioned works.

I have had gallery representation at Nicoles Gallery and Studio in Raleigh,NC, in the past, and am a past member of the Visual Art Exchange, also in Raleigh.

Honors and Awards

2014:  NC State Fair - Best State Fair Scene.


2011:  NC State Fair - TWO awards: 1. First Place in Professional Painting and 2. Best North Carolina Scene.

2010: NC State Fair – Commissioner’s Choice (Purchase) Award, Honorable Mention (Professional Painting), Honorable Mention (Faces of North Carolina)

2010:  Clayton (NC) Art Faire:  Award of Merit

2010:  North Hills Midtown Plein Air Painting Competition -  1st Place, “People on the Move” Category

2010:  Johnston County Arts and Food Festival – 1st Place, art competition 

2009:  Jr. League of Raleigh “Someplace Like Home” show – Third Place

2009:  NC State Fair – Best in Show Award

2009:  Clayton (NC) Art Faire:  Award of Merit

2009:  North Hills Midtown Plein Air Painting Competition -  1st Place, “Quick Painting”, and “Best Plein Air Representation – Oil”

2008:  NC State Fair – 1st Place, Professional Painting, Commissioner’s Purchase Award

2008:  Clayton Art Faire:  Award of Merit

2007:  NC State Fair – 2nd Place, Professional Painting

2007:  Winner of Clayton, NC Promotional Poster Contest

2006:  NC State Fair – 1st Place, Professional Painting, Commissioner’s Purchase Award, and an Honorable Mention

2006:  Clayton Art Faire – 3rd Place

2005:  Clayton Art Faire – 3rd Place

2004:  NC State Fair – Honorable Mention, Professional Painting

2004:  Clayton Art Faire – 3rd Place

2004:  Wayne County Arts National Exhibit (Goldsboro, NC) – Second Place.

2003:  NC State Fair – 3rd Place, Professional Painting

2003:  Clayton Art Faire – 3rd Place

2002:  Clayton Art Faire - 2nd Place

2002:  Wayne County Arts National Exhibit (Goldsboro, NC) – Second Place

2000:  NC State Fair – Best Agricultural Scene and Commissioner’s Purchase Award

1998:  Fine Arts League of Cary, NC – Best Oil Painting