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Hello
     I m Doug

I was born in Centralia and grew up exploring the rocky shores of Puget Sound...

I've always felt a profound connection to nature, often uncovering beauty in ordinary and overlooked objects. This profound connection is deeply woven into my art and permeates every aspect of my life. My journey into the world of art began at a young age, where I honed my drawing skills through self-teaching. However, it wasn't until later, upon launching my own business, that I could fully immerse myself in my true passion: art. Under the guidance of my brother, Steve, an accomplished artist and the founder of Cellar Cast — a fantasy sculpting and casting enterprise — I delved into sculpting, drawing, and painting. Some of my sculptures have even found their way to Japan, while a few of my drawings have been featured on cards.

Embracing various artistic mediums has enabled me to refine my creative style, resulting in pieces of art that I'm immensely proud of. My birdhouses stand as a testament to my reverence for nature, art, and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Each one is a labor of love, meticulously crafted with attention to detail.

My fascination with collecting odds and ends since childhood has evolved into a passion for gathering wood and moss for my birdhouses. I find inspiration in these natural elements, reveling in the raw textures of weathered wood and the intricate patterns of moss. When I hold these materials in my hands, I envision shapes and forms that come to life through carving. I am a big fan of fantasy stories and movies like The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. They have been a continuous source of inspiration to me and you will find it easy to recognize how it is reflected in my work.

In the end, each birdhouse emerges with its unique personality, a testament to the organic nature of my creative process. I invite you to explore my work, hoping you'll find something that resonates with you, something you'll cherish and share with your loved ones.

Honoring & Remembering title

The lamplighter and the knife grinder 

My birdhouse journey was born of my love for birds and nature but was also born as a way of healing.

Over the past twelve years, I've experienced the profound loss of two incredibly important individuals in my life: my best friend Michael in 2012, and my younger brother Luke, who succumbed to brain cancer in 2019.

Grief numbs your body, breaks your heart, and drains your veins, but grief also is just another form of love. Thinking about my brother sometimes overwhelms me with pain because he is not around anymore, but thinking about him also fills me with immense joy. I think about the happiest moments of my life that we shared, and it makes me feel incredibly grateful.


Working with wood and building birdhouses has provided me with a healthy way to cope with grief and anxiety. It taught me about mindfulness and gave me the strength to pull through knowing that my grief will never be too big for nature to hold. I find comfort in building birdhouses and foraging for all the natural elements I use to decorate them. Nothing in this world can bring them back, nothing can ever replace their presence, and nothing can ever explain my loss. 
But acknowledging their lingering presence in my life and living a happy, fearless life just like they did is my Option B, and remembering and honoring them through my work gives me something positive to focus on and to be proud of.

When I build a birdhouse I am not just putting pieces of wood together. I am pouring my heart out.
Even in the most difficult times, I’m aware that I’ve been fortunate and it makes me so happy when people can see it reflected in the whimsy of my birdhouses.

 

" I believe my loved ones live on within me and I’m grateful for their influence in shaping the man I am today.

If I can live a life half as whole as theirs and celebrate every moment just the way they would want me to, I will consider myself lucky. "

Doug's signature
Luke & Guapo
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Michael/Vegas
Michael's Birthday
Luke & Guapo - New Mexico
Luke/Durango

Luke & the silly hat

Luke & Durango

Praise of a Man

- In remembrance -

"He went through a company like a lamplighter —

see the dull minds, one after another,

begin to glow, to shed

a beneficent light.

He went through a company like a knifegrinder

— see the dull minds

scattering sparks of themselves,

becoming razory, becoming useful.

He went through a company as himself.

But now he’s one of the multitudinous company

of the dead where are no individuals.

The beneficent lights dim but don’t vanish.

The razor edges dull but still cut.

He’s gone: but you can see his tracks still,

in the snow of the world."

 

Norman MacCaig

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