About the Artist
Doug Madill was born in 1972 near Chicago, Illinois and lived predominantly in the rural town of Bainbridge, Ohio near Cleveland. He has a 1994 BFA from Pratt Institute.
Madill is a painter who explores the introspective and meditative through his invented, dream-like landscape paintings. He seeks to emphasize the need for some sort of a sanctuary that can remind one of natural laws in and around us that propel our understanding forward as human beings. Exploring freely and recapturing some direction in life expands our curiousity, reconnects us with fulfillment, although relatively brief in the entire span of the cosmos.
He often cites his interest in writing poetry as a youngster as a prelude to his visual art. A favorite motif was to portray himself as a lone wanderer of waterfalls, woodlands, and marshy fields, as well as speculating on the changing seasons and the weather. His first "book" of poetry at the age of 9 was titled "A Poet's Thought is the Kind of Poem" which was filled with references to nature imagery and feelings of solitude. His interest in visual art began a few years after when he could no longer overcome writer's block and began to explore colored pencil abstractions mixed with watercolor and collage.
Much later at Pratt Institute he majored in studio arts, mostly painting and printmaking. Sketching "en plein air" became a dominant focus at first. His inspiration was Brooklyn's neighborhood as seen from the rooftops of Pratt's campus. During the latter half of his days at Pratt he began painting larger, surreal subjects that were based on dreams.
He experienced a change again in his approach to painting out of a desire to deepen the experience of his painting process and of his search for more personal subject matter. His more detailed scenes tended to be intimate, quieter, and more tranquil.
He currently lives and works in Jersey City.
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Linked to MadillStudio is Doug Madill's blogsite where he journals his impromptu sketches of the day...sketchanything.blogspot.com