We had the good fortune of connecting with Doug Webb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Doug, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
The thought of giving up has reared its ugly head countless times especially now with the order of quarantine due to the onslaught of the Coronavirus pandemic. Every time our society has had to endure great hardships, the Arts are always the first to go and the last to recover. Now, it’s the worst I’ve ever experienced. I see my profession as more than a business, it’s a God given gift. The only thing I know is painting and I’ll never give up until I can no longer hold a brush in my hand.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
For over 40 years I’ve been an artist specializing in painting, known for creating a hybrid of Surrealism by juxtaposing Magritte like oversized objects within scenes, and shifts of scale to create meaningful metaphors in a hyperrealistic style. I’ve managed over the years to keep the integrity of my work in tact in the midst of novelty and passing fads, while recording my impressions of society, culture, and environment for the good of humanity. I’m so very grateful to God that at the age of 74 I can still stand at my easel.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The most important person, in my life, is my wife, Robyn. She has been in my corner for 29 years this June. She has supported me on every level. Her being a psychotherapist is truly a Godsend. I also want to acknowledge a group I became a part of over the past few years, Poets and Artists, founded by the editor of PoetsArtists magazine, Didi Menendez. This group has offered me a tremendous amount of inspiration and exposure.
This is a self portrait of me with one of our cats, named Vinnie Van Gogh