Douglas studied Glass and Ceramics at Edinburgh College of Art. He subsequently embarked on a career as a tutor and lecturer before becoming a full time artist in the mid eighties. In the years since, Douglas has been elected as a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, where, in the Societies’ Annual exhibition he has won both the Sir William Gillies and Glasgow Art Club awards in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
For many years Douglas lived in the Scottish Borders and the landscape around his home has been a constant source of inspiration, regardless of the somewhat changeable Scottish climate. Frequent visits to South Brittany and the Mediterranean also provide a literal change of scenery as well as totally different palette and a unique quality of light.
Working in a variety of media, Douglas loves the excitement of embarking upon a day’s painting with a large sheet of paper, bristling brushes and good light. The unknowable aspect of the end result is always there; what Robin Philipson referred to as 'the sleeping surprise’.