Douglas Miley's Objective:
"My objective is to become known for my vivid and realistic oil paintings of the Southwest, the Sedona Area and the Grand Canyon.
My desire is that my viewers feel the emotion and awe of the Canyon and to recognize how blessed we all are with this spectacular creation provided by God."
Born in an isolated farmhouse in Northwestern Ohio in 1941, Douglas Miley began his art career as soon as he could hold a pencil.
"I can't remember the first time I drew something," Doug admits. "I must have been two or three."
At four, Doug distinctly remembers receiving a set of colored pencils from his uncle as a Christmas gift. He spent the next four years drawing meticulously detailed pictures of the Ohio scenery. When that same uncle gave him a set of oils for his eighth birthday, Doug discovered his medium.
Except for a two-year stint as an army illustrator during the Viet Nam conflict, Doug has been painting steadily since then.
After his discharge from the army, Doug spent eleven years working for Campbell's Soup Company as an illustrator, a job which required that he paint the rosy-cheeked Campbell's Kids™ on more than one occasion.
He left Campbell's and Ohio and moved to Prescott, Arizona, in 1977 in search of more hospitable winters and a receptive clientele for his self-taught, romantic-realistic style of painting.
Doug spent several years restoring the masterpieces painted by other Western artists, such as Weighorst, Remington and Russell.
In 1993, Doug married Lilly Sandige, herself an award-winning artist, who became his business manager.
At Lilly's instigation, Doug entered a painting in the 2001 Veteran's Administration National Veterans Creative Art Festival and won the first place award in the oil painting category. The piece, titled Country Road, depicts a frosty winter morning amid the scenic red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.
In 2005, Arts for the Parks selected Doug's painting Bright Angel Point - North Rim for inclusion in the collection of 100 paintings which tours the country's National Parks for the next year. The judges chose Doug's paintings from hundreds of entrants. His painting Pima Point - North Rim was selected for the same honor in 2006.
Doug displays his paintings Memorial Day weekends in the Phippen Museum's Western Art Show & Sale held Saturday through Monday outdoors on the courthouse square in Prescott, Arizona. It is one of only a half dozen shows where Doug appears in person each year.
Doug is listed in Contemporary Western Artists. He is a member of Mountain Artist's Guild, Prescott Fine Arts Association, Arizona Art Alliance and the Southwestern Artist Association (SWAA) where he is a past recipient of the Artist of the Year award. Doug also presents an annual demonstration in painting for the SWAA, which typically has standing room only for his appearances.
Painting every day, he is faced with a wonderful dilemma - keeping up with the demand for his paintings, which increases every year.
Asked about his plans to retire, Doug doesn't see such an event in his future.
"Retirement is the first step to premature death," he insists. "I'll retire when I can't hold a brush any longer."
Basically self taught. During his teen years in Ohio, he studied under John Nartker, a modernist and Van Porth, an illustrator and fine landscape artist. Art Restoration was studied under Claude Peters in Prescott from 1979-1984.
Doug is represented by Treasures in Art Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, The Windrush Gallery in Sedona, AZ, and in the Master’s Room at Mountain Artists Gallery in Prescott, AZ.
Limited Editon Prints and Giclées
He has several limited edition prints which were self published. They are: Winter at the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Crossing, Summer Storm - Grand Canyon, Spring Song - Grand Canyon, and Superstition Mountains. His giclees are Night Camp, Red Rock Crossing, Grand Canyon - Point Imperial, and Grand Canyon Light.
Doug has been active in Southwestern Artists Association, Mountain Artists Gallery, The Phippen Museum, Prescott Fine Arts Association and Sharlot Hall Museum. He is listed in Contemporary Artists of the Southwest, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and the soon to be published “ The Best of American Oil Artists.”
Doug has been active in art shows, and has donated many hours to teaching students. His favorites are charitable organizations where he has donated many limited edition prints and/or original oils to the following organizations:
Yavapai Regional Hospital Hospice, Big Brothers and Sisters, People Who Care, The Alzheimer's Association, The Phippen Museum, Sharlot Hall Museum, Paradise Valley Christian Schools, Sacred Heart School, and Mountain Artist Gallery.
All charitable requests have been received with joy. He has been bulletin mailout chairman for Southwestern Artists Association for 13 years.
Doug has participated in various art shows, many at the local groups and galleries with which he has been a member. In addition, over the past 15 years, he has been in the Memorial Day Phippen Show. He has participated in the Scottsdale Celebration of Art, The Anthem Show and The Southwest Art in the Wine Country Show in Calistoga, CA. He was honored as one of 3 Arizona Artists in a special show at the Phippen Museum, entitled Contemporary Southwest Painters.
Since 2001, he has been in the Regional and National competition of the National Veterans Creative Art Festival here in Prescott. He had a special one man show at the Hilltop Gallery at the Prescott Resort in 1996. Then in 2004, Prescott Fine Arts Gallery showcased his retrospective in a one man show.
In 2001, he received the Gold Medal as 1st place in oil painting for the National Veterans Creative Art Festival. In the last 8 years he has won numerous 1st place awards in oils and Best of Show in the regional competition of this Veterans show. He was in the Top 100 for The National Arts for the Parks in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, he was in the Top 100 of Paint America.
Doug was awarded The Peoples Choice Award at the Phippen Memorial show for 2006, 2007 and 2008. Windrush Gallery honored Doug as Artist of the Year in 1999. His studio is literally full of plaques and ribbons for first place in oils and best of show awards from the many shows in which he has participated.
His painting of Red Rock Crossing, Sedona, was on the cover of Art Trends magazine as part of an article by Nita G. Bateman entitled “The new look of the Southwest.” His painting Saguaro Sunset was on the cover of the Winter/Spring issue of Vista magazine, a Fountain Hills publication along with a 2-page article featuring Doug as the Art Views Artist.
His painting, A New Day Dawns was on the cover of the Vista 2009 magazine along with a 2-page article entitled, “The Art of Marriage" featuring photos of Doug and Lilly and their paintings exhibited at Treasures in Art Gallery.
There have been numerous articles and interviews in the Prescott Courier newspaper, The Sedona Art Scene, The Scottsdale Art Scene, and Art Talk along with radio and television.