Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Doug Daniel grew up in a rural environment near the small town of Riley. In 1970 the family relocated to the city of Columbus, Indiana. Here he received his High School education in a town where local industrialists had spared no expense in creating a unique art and design inspired community, also known by many as "The Athens of the Prairie". A graduate of Columbus North High School, by 1977 Doug had enrolled at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and took up studies under the Abstractionist painter Robert Berkshire (1932-2010) and the social realist Edmund Brucker (1912-1999). Upon recieving a BFA

in 1981 he began to exhibit locally and regionally and received numerous awards for his endeavors. During this period he also began to receive public and private commissions for work fullfilled in an academic realist manner of painting. as well as teaching at the local Art League where he was befriended by the well known Regionalist Painter and Illustrator Cecil Head (1906-1995).

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