With a clear nod to the San Francisco Bay Area figurative movement that flourished during his mid-century youth, Doug Smith combines the exuberance of modernism and the arresting intimacy of the realistically familiar. Traditional farmhouses and weathered barns punctuate his vast planes of color, line and texture -- all applied with a stout confidence derived from his long and accomplished career as a graphic designer. The compositions evoke enduring themes of the American West: Boundless optimism and wistful nostalgia; nature's randomness and man's ordered domesticity. They suggest both the endless agrarian mosaics one might observe from an airplane and the archetypical homesteads that appear mostly in memory.
Born in San Francisco, Smith evokes the aesthetics of modernist’s Hans Hofmann’s bold color grids and George Morrison’s dramatic landscapes. In addition to these artists, the abstract aerial landscapes of Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud have inspired this current body of work. His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums throughout the United States. The Rockwell Museum in New York and the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia have each acquired one of his paintings for its permanent collection. His art along with eleven other American artists was in an exhibition at the U. S. Embassy in Moscow in 2012/2013. In Fall, 2014 he had a Solo Exhibition at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Arizona.