Robert Douglass, DDes
Bob is inspired in his art by the same voices that shaped his career in architecture….Le Corbusier, who said Creation is a patient search, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s dictum, Design with Nature. The abandoned farmsteads of the Texas Panhandle have captured his imagination. “Their stories of high hopes and courage, of hard times, of loves and loss speak to me, and echo in my work.” He invites the viewer to dialogue with his paintings beyond their surface, with dynamic questions – of space, of time, of memory.
Largely self-taught in art, he haunted art museums and carried a sketchbook in many of the 60-some countries where he worked, taught or toured. In recent years he has studied and painted with several master painters, among them, Bob Rohm, Matt Smith, Ralph Oberg, Rusty Jones, Jerry Seagle, Doug Dawson, Chris Morel, Denise Mahlke, Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Terri Ford, Steve Napper, and Dalhart and Mike Windberg.
Bob’s paintings have been recognized by many competition awards and juried exhibitions, among them The Bosque Conservatory, the Cultural Affairs Center (Temple), Austin ArtSpace, The Diocesan Gallery of Religious Art, Austin Pastel Society, Central Texas Pastel Society and Sun City Visual Arts. His awards have included Best, First, Second and Third in Show as well as firsts in landscape, floral and figure.
He holds a Doctor of Design degree from Harvard University where he attended both the Graduate School of Design and the Business School. He has taught at Rice University and Texas A&M where he was The Thomas A. Bullock Endowed Professor of Leadership and Innovation. His architectural designs were honored by awards from the American Institute of Architects and the National Endowment for the Arts. Cited in Who’s Who for his accomplishments as “architect, educator and healthcare consultant,” Douglass says, “Whatever the job, I always tried to be an artist – every task holds the opportunity for creativity and artful solution, if you make that your goal.”
Bob lives in Georgetown, Texas with his wife Darlene and Chocolate Lab, Troy.