"Rainy Night Naro" 18"x24" Oil on Board.

Another in my series of the Naro Theatre. It was a challenge for me to paint this size and try to knock it out in a relative short time. Of course, I had to stop painting at a time when I was unsure where to go with it. To me, it makes it much harder to dive back in when I left of in a moment of crucial decisions. The Alizarin Crimson is a tough pigment for me to handle. I have used it in the past with epic failures during plein air competitions. Hopefully this is more successful, maybe you all will agree. If not, I'm up for honest criticism.



Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.