Douglas is a graduate from the Metalsmithing department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills Michigan. He has been a full-time studio artist and designer since graduating
Extraordinarily versatile, his portfolio spans projects from micro-pave' engagement rings, to large-scale abstract paintings to architectural additions to homes. A lifelong commitment to creativity has fueled his passionate artistic development, constantly exploring new media in his search for personal expression. A true Renaissance Man in an era of specialists.
2006-2012 Margery Krevsky/Minoru Yamasaki
I was chosen to completely re-design the interior of one of the few Minoru Yamasaki homes in the Detroit area (which was profiled in the Detroit News Home Style Magazine, 1/9/11). This included designing numerous pieces of furniture, as well as re-visioning all the surfaces in the house, in addition to creating some modifications to the footprint of the house itself.
1999-2006 Cranbrook Peace Foundation
I was commissioned for seven consecutive years to design and create the Peace Award for the Cranbrook Peace Foundation. The award was received by Pete Seeger, Sister Helen Prajean, Susan Sarandon, Senator George Mitchell, and Representative Dennis Kucinich, among others. This was a very high profile commission, and received international coverage, because of the caliber of the recipients.
1997 ArtServe Michigan
I was chosen from among the many candidates to design and create the first ArtServe Michigan Award, when ArtServe Michigan was formed. This was a small sterling silver figure within a larger bronze ring, which could be worn on a ribbon, or displayed on a pedestal.
1996 House Beautiful
A home in which I had a significant role in designing and building the steel components (handrails, staircase, and balcony railings) was unanimously chosen for the “Centennial Award” by House Beautiful, as the most innovative and beautiful home built in the US in 1996.
1996 Cranbrook Boys School
I created the Alexi Lalas Award, a statue and plaque, awarded annually to an outstanding soccer player at the Cranbrook Boy’s School.
1995 Western Michigan University
Presidential regalia in sterling silver.
1994 Angel’s Share Scotch
I collaborated to design and produce a limited edition Scotch bottle in crystal and sterling silver for what was, at the time, the most expensive new Scotch whiskey in the world.
1993 Cranbrook Educational Community
100 bronze Cranbrook “cranes” for the dining hall restoration project for the Cranbrook Boys School