Douglas Newton has been painting seriously for about thirty years and full time for almost ten. Before that, he had a career as an advertising art director. At first, he worked in a "suburban surrealism" mode, painting the American landscape, houses and gardens, mostly from his imagination. He has also drawn and painted extensively from the figure. At the same time, he began painting still lives, mostly food, toys and household objects. Gradually, the still life painting became his main interest. The series of candy paintings evolved out of his food still lives.
I paint subjects that have unexpected beauty that I am compelled to translate into oil paint. I also have a series on candies and their wrappers, focusing on their translucency and reflections. In all these paintings, my emphasis is on light, color, texture and atmosphere.
b. 1938, Washington, D.C., DC
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY