Doug Shoemaker Watercolors

"Through the medium of transparent watercolor, my work explores everyday and mundane objects and places in the built and natural environment, tightly editing the composition to evoke the power and clarity of simplicity. Walls, shadows, edges, buildings, landscape and flat surfaces together with strong sunlight all interest me to create meaningful images where the ordinary becomes complex, poetic and memorable.

Represented by SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA. and Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA.

Doug Shoemaker: Palm Springs, California

Biography: Doug Shoemaker


Education: Lawrence Technological University; BS Architecture, 1973

Studied: Cranbrook Academy of Art: classes in painting, drawing, sculpture: 1973-74 and Fort Mason Art Center, San Francisco: classes in intaglio printmaking: 1987-88

Artist-in-Residence: Joshua Tree National Park: Spring 2015

Selected Exhibitions:

  •  Van Doren Gallery, San Francisco; one man show, 1976
  • "Surface and Image", Walnut Creek Civic Arts Gallery, 1976
  • San Francisco Arts Festival, invited artist: 1977
  • Berkeley Arts Center Invitational: 1982
  • "Brand XVII", juried watercolor exhibition, Brand Library Art Galleries, 1987
  • "Bay Arts 1987", Arts Council of San Mateo County, 1987
  • "California Works", California State Fair, award of excellence, 1987
  • "Seventh Annual Watercolor and Drawing Survey", Robert Bechtle, Juror, Humboldt Cultural Arts Center, 1988
  • Open Studios, San Francisco, 1989
  • Gallery Artist, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artists Gallery; 1986-92
  • Berkeley Art Center, member show: December 2012
  • San Francisco ArtMRKT showing at SFMOMA Artists Gallery booth: 2013
  • "Not Just Landscapes", national juried competition; Sebastol Center for the Arts, 2013
  • Art for Aids juried benefit auction for the UCSF Alliance Health Project, San Francisco, October 2013
  • Artists Council Exhibition 2013, juried show at the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California: October-December 2013
  • Art for Aids juried benefit auction: 2014
  • Artists Council Exhibition; Palm Springs Art Museum; 2014
  • Left Coast Annual; Sanchez Art Gallery, Pacifica, CA: spring 2015
  • Brand 43 Works on Paper Exhibition: Brand Library Galleries, Glendale, CA. 2015
  • Gallery Artists Show: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Summer 2015
  • Joshua Tree National Park juried Art Exposition, 2015
  • Group Exhibition: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Spring 2016
  • 45th National Juried Exhibition, California Watercolor Association: Graham Prize winner, 2016
  • Left Coast Annual: Sanchez Art Gallery, Spring 2016
  • Art for AIDS Juried benefit auction, 2016
  • Palette To Palate Invitational benefit: Laguna Art Museum, 2017
  • Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard , CA. "Soluble Power" Contemporary Solutions to using the watercolor medium in SoCal art. 2017
  • Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA. 1 man show, 2017
  • Art for AIDS Juried benefit auction, 2017
  • Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Expo 2017

Represented by:

  • SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Fort Mason, San Francisco: 2012-present
  • Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA.: 2015-present

Selected Collections:

  • Stanford University Hospital and Clinics
  • IBM Corporation, San Jose, CA.
  • The Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA.
  • Hyatt Regency, Houston, TX.
  • Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco, CA.
  • Pacific Medical Center
  • Chickering and Gregory Law, San Francisco, CA.
  • Morrison and Foerester Law, San Francisco, CA.
  • Mohr Davidow Ventures, Palo Alto, CA.