"I live a stones throw from the water of The Great South Bay. The bay itself runs the southern coast of central Long Island to western Suffolk County with the barrier islands its only source of protection from the wide open sea.
As an islander and boater my whole life, the bay has always been the source of play, work, and peace of mind. A delicate environment always changing, always giving up something new to see, a true natural resource. It is with great pleasure I study and paint what has been given to us."
Born in Amityville, raised in Massapequa, NY. 1956
Attended Roger Williams College, Bristol RI received BA 1978
Attended The School of Visual Arts, NYC, NY studying realism painting
Began work at The National Broadcasting Company, 30 Rock in 1979 as a designer
where he still works today. Started in the Scenic and Graphic Design department, working in a staff of 10 with many freelance artists, pros from the theater to Ad
agencies each with their own technical skills, styles, and tools, an all arts feeding ground. A six-time Emmy Award Winner at NBC, Doug has participated in a wide range of creative teams in entertainment and sports. As a graphic designer for Saturday Night Live from the early 80's to today, to many sporting events and venues, MLB, NFL, AFL, NBA, NHL, tennis, Nascar and The Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
Doug's father John "Jack" was very much the professional in his field as lead designer for Grumman Aircraft's Art Dept in Bethpage, NY in the 50's and 60's. As a commercial designer and illustrator in his early years, he followed the wave of
abstract painting to Long Island, giving his family the opportunity to grow at the waters edge. Never the lack of drafting supplies and oil paints of his father's, Doug's interests took an early hold. He worked as a teenager on the Great South Bay as a dock master with early morning rises to lay the traps in the marshes, still as he claims "the best job I ever had". The love of the Arts and the sea have always faired well together. Always having the bay at hands reach on Long Island as well as the barrier islands to the Atlantic, and those summer days that just never ended. Doug resumed painting again in the later parts of his career, using traditional methods in preparation and application in the process. "Understanding the medium and its characteristics is a never ending learning process, technically and artistically. How the color, value and light represents the image is essential with composition, drama, and most importantly, the desire and discipline to convey that view."
Doug constantly is turning to the water for true inspiration, with runs to the shore with endless coastal settings. He has studied Plein Air and composition with acclaimed landscape painter Joseph McGurl at his studio in Cataumet, Massachusetts, applying the field techniques to the studio work, relying on one's eye and the understanding of nature's purposeful way. Doug's original work is represented in galleries of Connecticut, Maine, and New York and his print work is international.
CREDITS & AWARDS:
6 time Emmy Award winning designer
7 time Promax (promotion & design) Gold Medallion winner
5 time BDA (Broadcast Designer Association) International silver and bronze award
2008 Cover Artist of The Year- "Dan's Paper's" (The Hamptons & NYC, NY)
SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS:
2007- Lauder Museum, NY- Solo Show, "Views of the Great South Bay"
2008- Long Island Museum, NY- "Summer On Long Island"
2008- Lauder Museum, NY- Solo Show, "The Coast"
2008- Allison Corey Fine Arts Gallery, NY- Solo Show- "Coastal Visions"
2009- Westport River Gallery, CT- Group Show- "Current Works"
2009- Art of the Sea Galleries, Me- "Waterways , A Gathering of Marine Masters"
2009- Westport River Gallery, CT- "The Holiday Show"
2010- ASMA East Regional Show - "Blue Water, Still Water"
Biggs Museum of American Art, DE -
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, MD -
Buffalo Naval Park Museum, NY -
2010- Salmagundi Club, NYC -Open Exhibition
2010- Darien Library, CT- Solo Show, "The Sea, The Coast, The Classic Novel"
2010- Southampton, NY- "Dan's Papers: 50 Years, 50 Artists"
2010- Westport River Gallery, CT- "The Holiday Show"
2011- Salmagundi Club, NYC, - Open Exhibition
2011- Art of the Sea Galleries, Me- "The Masters Exhibition"
2011- Southampton, NY- "Dan's Papers: Cover Artist Show"
2012- Coos Art Museum, OR, - "The 19th Maritime Art Exhibit"
2012- Art of the Sea Galleries, Me- " A Gathering of Marine Masters in Miniature"
2012- American Artist Professional League- " 84th Grand National Exhibition"
2013- Greenhouse Gallery, TX- " Salon International 2013"
2013- Art League of Long Island, NY- " 56th Exhibition of Long Island Artists"
2013- Salmagundi Club, NYC - "SCNY Collectors' & Artists Exhibition"
(for original work)
*Westport River Gallery, Westport, CT
*Art Of The Seas Gallery, South Thomaston, ME
*Sunflower Fine Art Galleries, Garden City, NY
*Doug Zider, Amityville, NY
International Society of Marine Painters ( ISMP )
* The Great South Bay Society
* Wounded Warriors Project
17 ft Bristol Skiff at rest on The Great South Bay