Recent Plein Air Paintings

Saturday night had me painting the NARO Theatre in Norfolk.  Was a great time painting despite the hard orange glow overpowering my easel lights.  Met a lot of great people.  Especially one guy that I discovered that we had a lot in common.  We had a great talk about failures and how we move on to overcome those failures and turn them into life lessons.  My fellow artist Walt came by to say "hi!".  It was a cold night, but I had great time.  

Sunday morning had me painting the Fairground Coffee House in Ghent Norfolk.  It was a good session and met some new people and saw a friend there too.  A really cool guy named Loftus was kind enough to take some pics since my phone died. 



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.