In my paintings, I strive to involve the viewer emotionally with the subject matter.
I am constantly aware of the subtleties of light, the shadows they cast, and the patterns that are created. Mother Nature is an extraordinary artist.
My eyes are continually sweeping the landscape; looking for a painting. Sometimes you see a shape or a sensual long deeply hued shadow with color that has been absorbed by the sunlight that jumps out at you. You know it immediately . . . you feel it!
I love capturing the essence of a moment, allowing the playful effects of shadow and light that reflect upon one another.
Douglas Mull deftly achieves a tonal quality in his work that reflects the playful effects of shadow and light and the effects each causes upon its surroundings. An intimacy with this has captured Mull's attention throughout his life. Gifted with a natural talent, Douglas is able to express his sensitivity for composition, light and shadows in multiple mediums. Whether painting with the rich color of oil or the liquidity of watercolor, he is able to beautifully capture his favorite subjects, landscapes and still life compositions.
To lessen his exposure to the corporate world and raise his children, Douglas returned to West Michigan where he began his illustration and graphic design business. As a pastime, he reacquainted himself with his love for painting. Douglas graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design where he majored in Fine Art and Illustration. During his college years he was awarded several illustration honors. Douglas draws from over 30 years of experience in advertising and graphic design, first working for the firm of “Semi-Original-Graphics”, located in Chicago, as an illustrator. He soon moved into advertising at Leo Burnett Advertising also in Chicago, where he was an art director on many high profile accounts. Douglas' fine art has been acquired by many private collectors and corporations including The Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center and Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids Junior College, Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Perception & Intention”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Toast”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Everyone in the Pool”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Look Out", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
"Lookie Here", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Manistee Performing Arts Center, Manistee, Michigan
“ArtPrize”, International Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“Celebration”, First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Owner/President, Rhombus Design Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Freelance Illustrator/Graphic Designer
Art Director, Tatham, Laird and Kudner, Chicago, Illinois
Art Director, Leo Burnett Advertising Agency, Chicago, Illinois
Illustrator, Semi-Original Graphics, Chicago, Illinois
The Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center and Spectrum Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan