Douglas Fraser



NOVEMBER 18, 2014

Almost getting run over, or just having some passer-by looking at me gawking on. Then fumbling out my tiny cheap camera, yes it's digital. No phone though. I have one at home that works without thumbs, you can simply speak into it. Pulling over on the side of a busy road has others thinking I'm crazy, or up to to no-good. A security guard looking at me staring at patterns in the pavement. One security guard at a construction site told me that some guys photograph the equipment on-site for stealing later. He said that there are thieves that steal to order. Having a record of potentials helps them shop the targeted machines to prospective clients. Many client/customers are out of country. Wow, an export market. I wonder if those thieves use phones to photograph. Or would they prefer a more precise photographic record of quality. Hhmm… yeah probably not. Maybe there's an app they use, hell maybe tweetin' out, hahaha better yet a facebook page for stolen construction equipment. Moving on…..not the quickest way there, more of an alternate route. Wandering into a light industrial area there's a lawn mower repair shop….

Syrup - oils on panel - 30.5cm x 23cm

Road Flowers - oils on panel - 61cm x 30.5cm

Mowers - oils on panel - 91.5cm x 30.5cm

Mowers - detail
Shade Bridge - oils on panel - 71cm x 17.8cm


JUNE 16, 2014

I've been by this Totem many times. In the summer people are stopped and photographing it, or having a roadside break from their travels. The front tells a story that must end up on thousands of cameras & phones from all over the world, but the back tells another version. From a roadside stop on Vancouver Island. A stretch of highway know as 'The Malahat', or 'The Hat', it's part of BC Highway 1. The Totem is carved from cedar, it sits along a ribbon of asphalt, and concrete barriers, with scenic beauty on either side.

Thumbnail sketch & base sketch

Totem - oils on linen - 36 x 22 inches

Promotional Poster art;

For the Arena Stage's production of King Hedley II, the powerful ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s “Century Cycle,” a scarred and haunted ex-convict has the chance to lock away his past and achieve an entrepreneurial dream, but will life in Pittsburgh’s unforgiving Hill District let him?

Art Director - Nicky Lindeman

Arena Stage, Washington, DC - 2014-15 season

Written by August Wilson
Directed by Timothy Douglas
February 6 - March 8, 2015

Sketch Stages

Construction of final art.

King Hedley II

4 Paint & 1 Vector

MAY 8, 2014
Golden Cougar, oils on panel, 29.5 x 13.75 inches
Golden Cougar - detail

Ole Flame, oils on panel, 17 x 11 inches

Ole Flame - detail

Poplars, oils on panel, 18.5 x 11.5 inches

CBs & Zuke, oils on linen, 26 x 16 inches

Out on the newsstands now for Cycle World magazine;

Cycle World - working shot