Douglas Howe first discovered the great advantage of painting directly from nature as a plein air artist in 1960, while home from art school. The artist studied at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL, where he focused on life drawing and painting. It was after painting Stony Brook without the use of blue that he realized the charm of the Impressionists’ style.

When he began to seriously paint landscapes in 1977, Douglas found challenges in painting scenes from the Maine coast, inland to the mountains and through Maine’s countryside. Creating his work in all four seasons, in both pleasant and stormy conditions, he has found additional challenges. His painting is truly finished when he has captured the moment on his canvas for all to enjoy.

Douglas was influenced by such artists as John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Aldro T. Hibbard and hundreds of others. After studying the technique used by Emile A. Gruppe, he learned to paint using primary colors only. This remains his palette today.

Solo Exhibitions
  • 2009 Frost Farm Gallery, Norway, Maine
  • 1995 Unitarian-Universalist Church, Portland Maine
  • 1993 Bayview Gallery, Portland, Maine
  • 1991 Maine National Bank, Portland, Maine
  • 1990 Bayview Gallery, Portland, Maine
Group Exhibitions
  • 2015 Boston Guild of Artists, Regional Juried Exhibition 2015
  • 2015 Maine Medical Dana Center Art Show 201
  • 2012 Whistler House Museum of Art, Annual Juried Membership Exhibit 2012
  • 2006 Door 463, Portland, Maine
  • 1997 L. C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, Maine
  • 1995 Bayview Gallery, Portland, Maine
  • 1990 Elwyn Dearborn Gallery, Portland, Maine
  • 1977 Bridgton Juried Art Show, Bridgton, Maine


  • The Guild of Boston Artists
  • Whistler House Museum
  • Plein Air Painters of Maine (PAPME)