J. Douglas Welsh
Life in transition is revealing and infinitely fascinating. As are scenes where nature, farm life, community and labor intersect--or maybe collide! So wherever I travel, I look for these things.
I grew up in an idyllic, leave-it-to-beaver neighborhood in Indianapolis Indiana. As a kid, I endlessly wandered nearby fields and woods and when older, farther with bicycle power. During college I would escape most weekends to go backpacking or to work on a friends farm.
After some wandering time, I eventually settled in the unique and wonderful city of Cincinnati to a career as a sometimes reluctant salesman--where I honed my craft for the next thirty years. In 2006, I left corporate life and at 52, set about redefining my value and what I might want to do in life’s second half. I spent several very rewarding years consulting with companies about strategy and helping (mostly) men to gain clarity around their second half of life.
Then early one January morning five years ago, two things elbowed their way into my thinking; one, a question, and the other, a command. The rather odd question that surfaced was, ‘How can I learn to see the natural world differently?’ And the rather blunt command was, ‘Begin writing the book you’ve been thinking about for the last five years…and start it now!’ I addressed the ‘how to see better’ question by enrolling in an oil painting class. And at the same time, began writing the book that had been in the planning stages for a couple years.
Fast forward to today: my book, The Boy Who Found His Feet, was published on Amazon almost three years ago and my life is now consumed with painting landscapes either en plein air or in my studio in Cincinnati. This direction is an unlikely one because no one in my family, including me, has any training or background in art, painting or writing.
My passion and focus for painting is landscapes--usually around hard-to-get-to places that remain relatively 'pure'. I only paint where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. Consequently, each painting has a unique story. Or perhaps better stated, each painting is a unique story that represents a passing moment in time. And to capture the essence of that story is the ultimate challenge.
If my paintings evoke a memory, inspire a reverance or create some kind of action for wild places, then it's been a really good day!
In my brief painting tenure, I have studied with Chuck Marshall, Ron Johnson, Joe Lombardo, Bill Fletcher, Marc Hanson and Roger Dale Brown.
Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati, OH
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