A latecomer who began painting only after first collecting art, Douglas Runyan is a retired lawyer who took his initial art lesson at the age of 40. Beginning with oil, he expanded his use of mediums to pastel - his primary medium for a decade - and, eventually, gouache and acrylic. His subjects are mostly rural landscapes and marine scenes, painted en plein air or in his studio from his own photographs. He enjoys painting scenes of Amish farm life from the area near his home. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and his travels have influenced his choice of scenes, as has his art collecting. His collection focuses on the art colonies in Brown County, Indiana and Cape Ann, Massachusetts. He frequently paints the places favored by the early artists of both schools.
Doug is an active member of the current Brown County art community despite living on a lake in far Northern Indiana. Recently, he has curated exhibits of Brown County and Cape Ann paintings at the Brown County Art Gallery, Fort Wayne Museum of Art and University of St. Francis. When not painting, he enjoys researching, speaking and writing about the artists whose work he has collected. His writing has been published in American Art Review and C. Curry Bohm, Brown County and Beyond, a book about the 20th century Brown County and Cape Ann painter, C. Curry Bohm. He has shared his love of creating art through teaching workshops. He has a particular fondness for workshops as it is through these courses of study, rather than a formal art school education, that he learned to paint. His work has been accepted to more than 40 juried exhibits and can be purchased at the Brown County Art Gallery, Nashville, and Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne.