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, Clarke'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.
Clarke has been commissioned to paint both Harbor Fest and Neptune Festival posters. His numerous awards include first 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. Clarke's work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery, Ellen Moore Gallery, and Warm Springs Gallery.
The exhibit will be on view in the second and third-floor lobbies from April 4 through May 18 during the Sandler Center's normal operating hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or during any performance at the Sandler Center.
There will be an artist reception held at the Sandler Center on Wednesday, April 18, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Art Gallery is on the second and third floors in the common areas of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.