Biography of Douglas Miley

            Douglas Miley is a self-taught artist who paints not to please but to involve the viewer in the beauty of the west.  Preferring not to simply paint the scenery, he creates a mystical scene from nature, a sort of poetry in color. Douglas works meticulously with light, creating a brilliance and luminosity rarely found in art since the 19th Century Hudson River School influence.
            Born in a remote farmhouse in Ohio, Douglas credits his rural early life for instilling in him a lasting love and fascination with nature. At age 4, he began drawing with colored pencils, switching to oils by his eighth birthday. By age 22, he had already established a solid reputation as an accomplished landscape painter.  For two years, he was an illustrator with the US Army, followed by eleven years as an illustrator for Campbell’s Soup Company. The chance discovery of an Arizona Highways magazine led him to pack up his easel and move to Prescott in 1977.

            Douglas spent nearly five years as a restorer of old masterpieces painted by artists such as Remington and Russell.  Noted for his idyllic, romantic interpretations of the Southwest, he is especially recognized for his paintings of the Grand Canyon and Sedona areas.  In addition to his original works in oil he has produced five limited edition numbered prints and three giclees.  

            Although Douglas's preferred media is oil, he is also proficient in pencil and pastel. He is listed in the book “Contemporary Western Artists.” The recipient of numerous state, regional and national awards, his paintings are treasured by many collectors in the United States, Canada, Japan and England.  In 2001, Douglas garnered first prize in oils in the National Veterans Creative Art Festival, was 2nd in 2004 and again in 2005.  In 2005 and 2006, he placed in the Top 100 in the National Arts for the Parks competition. In 2006 and 2007 and 2008 he received the People’s Choice Award at the annual Phippen Western Art Show and Sale Memorial Day weekend in Prescott, AZ.

He was honored to be one of the 20 artists invited to participate in the Grand Canyon Modern Masters Invitational, a juried art competition and show in Sept. 2009.

            Douglas’s work is currently on display at the Treasures in Art Gallery in Scottsdale and the Mountain Artists Gallery in Prescott. He has participated in the annual Memorial Day Phippen Show in Prescott's town square, shows at Prescott Fine Arts, and is a Master Artist represented by Mountain Artist Gallery.  He is a member of Southwestern Artists Association (SWAA), Mountain Artist’s Guild, Prescott Fine Arts, and The Phippen Museum. He received the “Artist of the Year Award” for SWAA in 1995.  

Saguaro Sentinel - Oil

Wilderness Home - Oil

Mountain Sunset - Oil

Flowing River - Oil

Sunset Memories - Oil