Douglas Wodark spent the first ten years of his professional career in marketing before taking a one-year sabbatical to travel the world. He returned a changed man, both personally and professionally. Determined to make what had been relegated as a hobby into a career, Wodark began to paint in earnest.
He has found expression in a vibrant, unique Southwestern style. The use of color by Wodark is classic; his technique and use of media is definitely his own. Figures portrayed are frequently in pairs or groups evoking the lifestyle of Native American warriors and the great American cowboy, subjects that provide endless inspiration to this artist. The rugged individualism of his subjects and an outlook that life is a great journey of adventure are themes Wodark relates to and incorporates time and again with a palette rich in the strong colors of the southwest.
His fascination with Native American subjects springs from a shared sense of values: strong family ties, an innate value of all things in nature and a perception of life as a magical, adventurous journey.
With an economy of brushstrokes Wodark gives the illusion of remarkably detailed representational scenes; he paints on both wood panel (to avoid added texture a canvas would create) or on canvas when that is precisely the look he is going for. His particular gift is the often unexpected effects of light captured within his canvases.
Overwhelmingly, it is a passion for art that Douglas Wodark captures on every canvas, the same passion that wakes him in the middle of the night determined to successfully capture the color and nuance of every vision.