Sunday Bible Reading

"Sunday Bible Reading" 16x20 oil on linen. I've really struggled with this personal piece of my grandma and my son for awhile. It's too personal to be objective while painting. I started off from life, which was amazing because in that moment she knew who I was and she knew I was painting her. She posed for me and keep still, and for a time, we had a connection that we hadn't had since her heart attack and stroke. The tough part was finishing this up in the studio, to try and remove myself as a person and be a painter. I may not be done with this, but I have it at a stage now to where I feel ok showing it. I hope I captured the humanity of what was before me as I saw and painted it. Most of all, even though she can no longer see, I hope it would have made her proud.



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.