The work is not good enough and I know it.

My work is not good enough.
There. I said it.

Being my worst critic is tough.  It's not easy sometimes to post up subpar work for the rest of the world to either condemn or praise.  But if I'm to be honest here, I want the mindset of pushing my work to the next level, being critical of the work is absolutely necessary.  I've been accused of beating myself over my work, but who else is going to make me realize that last night's painting wasn't good enough?  I'm lucky to have family that knows to be honest with my paintings.  Tonia here, has really wide shoulders, unfortunately, I made the mistake to over exaggerating them.  I'll go back and correct them tonight.  Sometimes time away helps me reevaluate the work and identify problems in the painting.  

Tonia 12x16 oil on board. 

Tonia 12x16 oil on board. 



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.