Collection: Douglas Runyan

A latecomer who began painting only after first collecting art, Doug - a practicing lawyer for three decades - took his initial art lesson at the age of 40.

Beginning with oil, he expanded his use of mediums to pastel - his primary medium for a decade - and, eventually, gouache and acrylic.

His subjects are mostly landscapes and marine scenes, painted en Plein air or in his studio from his own photographs in a representative style. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and his travels have influenced his choice of scenes, as has his collecting.

His collection focuses on the art colonies in Brown County, Indiana and Cape Ann, Massachusetts and, indeed, he frequently paints the places favored by the early artists of both schools.

He is an active member of the current Brown County art community, selling his works through the historic Brown County Art Gallery. Recently, Doug has been curating exhibits of Brown County and Cape Ann paintings and researching and writing about the artists whose work he has collected.

His writing has been published in American Art Review and “C. Curry Bohm, Brown County and Beyond”, a book about the 20th century Brown County and Cape Ann painter, C. Curry Bohm.

He has taught art workshops. He has a particular fondness for workshops as it is through these courses of study, rather than formal art education, that he learned to paint.

His work has been accepted to more than 40 juried exhibits, consistently received awards and can be purchased at the Brown County Art Gallery (Nashville, IN), Castle Gallery (Fort Wayne) and Folly Cove Fine Art (Rockport, MA) Instructors: Robert Hoffman, Fred Doloresco, Brenda Mattson, Pam Newell, Mary Ann Davis, Lisa Ransom Smith, Leslie White, Gwen Gutwein, Jerry Smith, Janice Reifsnider Awards/Exhibits: Indiana Heritage Arts, Hoosier Salon, Ventures in Creativity, Richmond Art Museum Annual, Midwest Museum of American Art Annual, Wassenberg Annual, Artlink.

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