ABOUT DOUG MARTINDALE
Doug Martindale was was born and raised in Spokane, WA. After deciding to pursue art as his life-long career, Martindale moved to Seattle, WA and was accepted into Cornish College of the Arts, a highly regarded private arts college in 1981. There he studied closely with numerous talented instructors, focusing mainly on illustration. Here, he learned the importance of attention to fine detail in his work.
Martindale received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Cornish in 1986. He began producing artwork and successfully selling it upon graduation from art school, but it was in the early 90's that his craft really clicked for him. He was on an art walk in Seattle, when he happened upon a show featuring the work of Susan Bennerstrom, an accomplished northwest pastel artist. He was so inspired that he took an intensive workshop in soft chalk pastel painting from Bennerstrom. He was hooked with the pure, intense color and richness of the medium. Having always been an enthusiast of landscape paintings, he used this as his means of subject matter with which to pursue his newly found love for pastels as his primary medium for his art.
It is in his pastel paintings that Martindale feels he has really found his true niche in his method of artistic expression. His idealistic interpretation of the landscapes he paints transcends the viewer into a timeless, perfect space. One can clearly see the incredible attention to detail in his work. The rich, bold color variations and dramatic compositions continue to be alive, sumptuous and compelling. Doug's amazing body of work over the years has been purchased by numerous private and public collectors, including the Microsoft Corporation, Nordstrom department stores, Chateau Ste. Michelle wineries, and the Radisson hotel chain. His work at one point was also featured in a segment of "Entertainment Tonight".
Doug Martindale continues to portray the gift of nature to all in his collection of engaging imagery. He has gone on to build an impressive portfolio of his original pastel paintings and limited edition giclees and lithographs, for which there seems to be an ever growing demand.
After selling his work in numerous art galleries while living in Seattle, WA and Palm Springs, CA for over a couple of decades, Doug has relocated to his hometown of Spokane, WA, where he now resides. If not busy working in his art studio, he can be found delivering new works of art to the Spokane Art Museum, (The MAC) or instructing classes at the Spokane Art School.