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Biography - Douglas Miley

Douglas Miley is a self-taught artist who paints not to please but to involve the viewer in the beauty of the world. He does not paint scenery but creates a mystical scene from nature, a sort of poetry in color. He works meticulously with light, creating a brilliance and luminosity rarely found in art since the 19th Century Hudson River School influence. He was born in a remote farmhouse in Ohio. His rural early life instilled a lasting love and fascination with nature. At age 4 he began drawing with colored pencils and with oils by his 8th birthday. By age 22, he had already established a solid reputation as an accomplished landscape painter. He was an illustrator with the US Army for 2 years and for Campbell's Soup Company for 11 years. The chance discovery of an Arizona Highways Magazine led him to pack up his easel and move to Prescott in 1977. He spent 4.5 years as a restorer of old masterpieces painted by artist such as Remington and Russell. He has become noted for his idyllic, romantic interpretations of the Southwest, especially the Grand Canyon and Sedona areas. He has produced five limited edition prints and three giclees. The print titles are: "Winter at the Grand Canyon", "Spring Song-Grand Canyon", "Summer Storm - Grand Canyon", "Red Rock Crossing - Sedona", and "Superstition Mountains". The giclees are "Red Rock Crossing", "Night Camp", and "Grand Canyon Point Imperial". His media is oil although he is also proficient in pencil and pastel. He is listed in the book "Contemporary Western Artists." Doug is the recipient of numerous awards, and his paintings are treasured by many collectors in the United States, Canada, Japan, and England. His work is proudly shown at the Windrush Gallery in Sedona, and the Treasures In Art Gallery in Scottsdale. He is a participant in the Memorial Day Phippen Show, shows at Prescott Fine Arts, and is a Master Artist represented by Mountain Artist Gallery. He is a member of Southwestern Artists Assoc, Mountain Artist's Guild, Prescott Fine Arts, The Phippen Museum, and was awarded the "Artist of the Year Award" for SWAA in 1995. In 2001 he garnered first prize in oils in the National Veterans Creative Art Festival and was 2nd in 2004 and again in 2005. In 2006, 2007, and 2008 he received the Peoples choice Award at the Annual Phippen Western Art Show and Sale Memorial Day weekend in Prescott, AZ. Doug's Studio is located at 1900 Forest Meadows Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303. Please phone him at 928.445.8079 for a review of his portfolio or to request a commissioned painting.