Doug Martindale was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. His artistic abilities were first realized at an early age when he won several National Allied Scholastic Art Awards for several of his works while still a senior in high school. Determined to make art his life long career, Martindale moved to Seattle and enrolled in Cornish College of the Arts in September 1981, where he studied under an accomplished Northwest illustrator, John Miller. It was under Millerís careful supervision that he learned the importance of attention to fine detail in his work.|
Martindale received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Cornish in 1986. Upon completion of art school, he spent nearly a decade producing and publishing limited edition prints of famous personalities, known as his Legends Collection. His portraiture work has been featured on "Entertainment Tonight" and has achieved national and international acclaim. The majority of these works have since sold out.
In the early 90ís, Martindale attended a show of soft pastel landscapes by Susan Bennerstrom, an accomplished master northwest pastel artist. He was so inspired by her work that he took an intensive workshop in soft chalk pastel painting from Bennerstrom and he was hooked with the pure, intense color and richness of the medium. Additionally, he was intrigued with the prospect of expanding his artistic expression with the use of landscapes as his subject matter. This proved to be a creatively unrestrictive, exciting new direction with which he could further pursue his craft.
It is in his pastel paintings that Martindale feels he has finally 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. Yet, Martindaleís success reaches far beyond his own self fulfillment with his craft, for his work is admired worldwide. His amazing body of work is appreciated by both private and public collectors, including the Microsoft Corporation, Nordstrom Department Stores, the Radisson Hotel chain, and Chateau Ste. Michelle wineries.
Additionally, his work can be viewed in numerous art galleries nationally.
Doug Martindale continues to portray the gift of nature to all in his ever-growing collection of engaging imagery. He has gone on to build an impressive and rapidly growing portfolio of his original pastel landscape paintings, limited edition lithographs and giclees, for which there seems to be an ever growing demand.
Doug Martindale divides his time between his art studios in Seattle, Washington and Palm Springs, California.