Douglas was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and is a full-time painter living in Toronto, Canada.
His preferred medium is oil, but he also works in watercolor and acrylic. In 1998, he wrote the best seller Color Secrets for Glowing Oil Painters, published by North Light publications. His work has appeared in International Artist magazine and numerous other publications. He is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA).
As educational and technical advisor for Windsor & Newton, Doug lectures on painting materials and techniques at colleges and universities. His popular workshops and lectures are given at the University of Toronto- School of Continuing Studies, Loyalist College and for private art groups and societies.
In 2005, Doug won the Museum Purchase Award at the 26th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. In 2007 his solo exhibition, “Doug Purdon and the Legend of Landscape” opened at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. His painting Breaking Waves was selected for the cover of Canadian Brushstroke magazine in the 2009 September Issue. In 2012 his illustration for Liquitex Acrylic Inks was included in the Society of Illustrators, Los Angles, Illustration West. He was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award in Arts & Science by the University of Toronto-School of Continuing Studies. His work was profiled in the Autumn 2013 Issue of Magzin-ART