Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Douglas E. Nowling’s Naval family moved to Rhode Island, and then San Diego where he was introduced to acrylic paints in high school. He is a mostly self-taught African American Artist now residing in Los Angeles, Ca since his matriculation from Pitzer College, in Claremont, Ca. He works in the field of information technology but has always had a passion for the arts. His art was hidden in plain sight in his home. His friends didn’t know that he painted and just assumed the art on his walls were pieces he’d purchased purely for decoration.
Douglas' goal is to depict people of African descent in such a way to unify all of its people. He does this by painting the varied skin tones of African Americans in each piece or in silhouette, so that all African Americans may see themselves in his work.