Artist’s Statement, 2018

Doug Waterfield was born in the backwoods of southern Arkansas and with a crayon in his hand and a smile on his face. He has always been “drawn” to creating, and has been making art for over 40 years. He even currently has a job in art, the culmination of a dream he has pursued since the second grade. Who gets to do that?

His artistic interests lie mainly within in the realm of the surreal, tacky, weird, and at times disturbing. He loves horror, science fiction and cult films, and they appear prominently in his work. He is also fascinated with the history of atomic bombs and nuclear testing, and their effect on mid-century society. He seeks to elevate these ubiquitous subjects to the level of "high art" in his paintings. More importantly, he paints what he loves. Whether it be giant insects, rusty signage or atomic explosions, Doug sees his art as an opportunity to make others, particularly the younger generation, at least aware of the darker, stranger side of American culture.

Doug Waterfield is a Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Waterfield holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Louisiana Tech University, a Master of Arts in Art History from Louisiana State University and A Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Louisiana Tech University. He began teaching art in 2000, and currently teaches art history and painting. He is happily married with three wonderful children and has two dogs with seven legs between them. Oh, and he hates lima beans, but loves good bourbon.