My paintings come from a personal emotional response I feel from the people, places and circumstances I experience. I make paintings that explore how these emotions are evoked through the images on the canvas. The subtle play of light and texture across the structures and artifacts of the New England landscape inspire me. I build my canvases in layers of color and brush strokes that help me to draw out the personal feeling that I am experiencing and land it on the canvas. Through exploration and discovery, my process takes me through to an expression of those emotions. Through delicate shifts in tone and composition I find the right “mood” of what is I am trying to paint. I hope to evoke an essential emotion in the viewer that communicates that and draws you in, offering you a reason to pause.”
Doug Caves studied oil painting with Tom Morris of Fitchburg during his early teenage years and later attended the Fine Arts Program at Mt. Wachusett Community College studying art history, painting, drawing and sculpture and received the school’s Annual Purchase Award for his bronze sculpture “Head of Joy” in his last year of attendance. He has studied painting and drawing at the Worcester Art Museum and creative writing at Clark University. These days he paints frequently along the Southern Maine Coast and in the rural hills of Central Massachusetts, finishing his larger works in his studio. He currently offers classes in Landscape and still life painting through various venues and learning programs.
Artist Doug Caves has an affinity for the natural space afforded by rural New England. “It understands me and I understand it,” he says. Doug translates the energy he feels from the environment onto his paintings. Whether teaching artists, or pursuing his own art, Doug believes in taking a deliberate approach to exploration, discovery, and invention. His own explorations have led him to consider conflicting family guidance, a search for meaning, and whether his work “matters.” He suggests that the journey of discovery, as it relates both to knowing one’s own self and the external space one inhabits, is its own reward. Join our conversation with Doug Caves on today’s episode of Radio Maine.