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Doug Higgins (b. 1939)  Artworks >>

Organizations* : AOA, OPA

Doug Higgins is a painter of contemporary realism. From his home in Santa Fe, NM, he travels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe painting landscapes and seascapes on location. He works en plein air either with a portable easel or in his fully equipped studio RV. Born in 1939 in New Jersey, Higgins early influences came from his artist mother and from his mothers first husband, Samuel Burtis Baker, a Boston School painter. They both initiated him into the "life of an artist." From this early exposure to art appreciation, Higgins went on to study drawing and painting with Frank Reilly at the Frank Reilly School of Art and at the Art Students League in New York. His painting career was sidestepped by more than a decade of acting on stage, film and television. In 1980, he resumed painting and turned professional. He exhibits his work in prestigious national art exhibitions and in galleries throughout the country. The subject of numerous articles in art publications, he was recently included in a book on marine painters. His memberships include Artists of America (AOA Master), Oil Painters of America ( Master Signature Member), The Rockport Art Association (Artist Member), The Art Students League, the North Shore Art Association (Artist Member) and the International Society of Marine Painters. He is best known for his "a la prima" paintings with an emphasis on good drawing, the principles of traditional realism and impressionist theory. Long committed to outdoor painting, he also explores working from memory and from studies in his Santa Fe studio, where he also does figural paintings from life. "Art is something one loves to do as well as possible," he says. " My paintings are shreds, fragments of many of my lifes finest moments." Source

  • AOA = Artists of America
  • OPA = Oil Painters of America
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