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 Douglas Sievers  (1943 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape, waterscape

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A native Californian, Douglas Sievers is a painter of serene landscapes in a style that reflects Barbizon Impressionism and Tonalism combined with Realism.

Interested in art from childhood, Sievers studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and the Center College of Design in Pasadena. For many years he painted in watercolor and was juried into the 1990 American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York City, but in the early 1990s turned to studio oil painting, usually early morning or late afternoon, when the light is at its softest.

Although the bulk of his work is done in his studio, he uses photography for reference and also executes small oil studies on site. Douglas Sievers considers it important to travel in order to gather new input and is continually seeking new challenges.

One recurring theme, however, seems to be a fascination with water. His rendering of lakes and streams is not only intended to capture the sheer beauty of the reflective surface, but also to hint of hidden depths, the mystery below what is visible.

Sievers calls his style "a mixture of Barbizon Impressionism and Nouveau Realism." He has an appreciation for the entire history of art, but has been especially influenced by the work of artists such as John Singer Sargent, Edgar Payne, and among living artists, Richard Schmid and Clyde Aspevig.

Douglas Sievers' work is in the collection of the American Can Corporation and actor Burt Reynolds. He lives in California with his wife, Linda, a dancer, and their two daughters.


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Meyer Gallery Scottsdale

Biography from Meyer Gallery Scottsdale:

Douglas Sievers has always known his mission in life. He has painted full-time for over 25 years now, always laboring to capture a particular mood, a specific feeling. His pastoral landscapes seem to radiate an inner light, evoking a sense of peace and reflection in the viewer.

Sievers, a native Californian, has been interested in art since childhood. He was fortunate to attend high school at a time when it was possible to major in art. His interest thus sparked, he went on to study at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and at the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena. Except for a short interruption during which he served in the Army, he has been painting -- and showing -- ever since.

The sureness of Sievers' composition and the richness of his oil palette can be traced to the years he spent as a watercolorist. This demanding medium rewards a decisive touch and leaves little room for revision. His success in watercolor is evident by the many juried shows in which he has participated, most notably the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition in New York City (1990). Sievers' work was honored by its selection for the National Travelling Exhibition.

In the early 1990s, Sievers turned to oils. He uses oil to capture a certain mood that has to do with a particular time of day -- usually early morning or late afternoon, when the light is at its softest. Although the bulk of his work is done in his studio, he uses photography for reference and will also execute small oil studies on site. Douglas considers it important to travel in order to gather new input and is continually seeking new challenges. One recurring theme, however, seems to be a fascination with water. His rendering of lakes and streams not only captures the sheer beauty of the reflective surface, but also hints at the hidden depths, the mystery and symbolism, below what is visible.

Sievers calls his style "a mixture of Barbazon Impressionism and Nouveau Realism." He has an appreciation for the entire history of art, but has been especially influenced by the work of artists such as John Singer Sargent, Edgar Payne, and, among living artists, Richard Schmid and Clyde Aspevig. Douglas Sievers' work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections, including those of the American Can Corporation and actor Burt Reynolds. He credits his wife Linda, a dancer, as being an astute and supportive critic of his work. They currently live in California with their two daughters.

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