Bob and Darlene Douglass
Fine Art and Beautiful Quilts
Bob - I work in pastel, oil and acrylics. Darlene, my wife, makes beautiful quilts. We worked together for many years, building successful practices in healthcare consulting and architecture. Now, as we do our separate arts we still look over each other’s shoulder and offer critique, encouragement or consolation, as needed.
As a kid I liked to draw and loved working with my dad as he planned and hand-built our small motel in Western Nebraska – and that lead me to a career in architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright, whose only Nebraska building is in my home town McCook, was an early inspiration - his dictum "Design with nature" resonates still. And Le Corbusier's words still apply in my art as they did in architecture - "Creation is a patient search."
Largely self-educated in art, I have read widely and taken many workshops. I have carried a sketchbook to many museums in the 60+ countries where I have worked or traveled.
Darlene - Darlene creates beautiful quilts of many designs. From the time she was three years old, she watched her grandmother piece quilts. Darlene began sewing and embroidering on her own at age nine, first making clothes for herself and, later in life, for her two daughters. During her career years, quilting was set aside. She again took up the family tradition of quilting in 1991 and completed her first quilt a year later. One impetus for the project was a long cold Cambridge, Massachusetts winter in the odd hours that she wasn't helping husband Bob with his graduate school assignments.