End of January Summary!

So far 2015 has been a great start, having just been awarded "BEST IN SHOW" for the TAA Portfolio Gallery Exhibition for my plein air series in Pittsburgh.  In addition, having paintings in the Randy Higbee 6" Squared Show, the Rawls Museum and the Nansemond Suffolk Academy Art Exhibition.  February, I'll have the "Bank Noir" painting in THE SHOW in Norfolk.  Last week, I had the opportunity to paint with a group of friends at Mike Brewers studio for a day long painting session of our model, "Bryne".  She was a great model and the time allowed me to paint at a larger scale than I normally do, 18"x24" is big for me.  This month of painting produced what I consider a personal best in awhile, although I wish I had the time to make a time lapse video of it. "Cavite Afternoon" was my favorite so far this year. So here's to a more productive year in 2015!


Bank Noir
Solitary Engine

Solitary Engine

Time lapse video of my oil painting process in the studio.

Night Ferries

My latest studio painting demo painting of ferry boats at night

Cavite Afternoon


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.