Transparent watercolor painting: How To | Paintings | Tips and Techniques | Art... Learn about transparent watercolor art and painting from transparent watercolorist, painter, and architect Douglas Simms Stenhouse. Mr. Stenhouse grew up in Washington, DC, where he practiced architecture for a number of years.  He subsequently moved to Southern California to work with an aerospace company before taking over the management of an energy conservation consulting firm.  Retired from these former endeavors, he now focuses his career on watercolor painting.

As a youngster, he was a chorister at the Washington Cathedral and was thus able to earn his tuition at St. Alban’s School.  It was here that he first studied painting under Dean Stambaugh, an accomplished painter of landscapes, and continued his study of watercolor between school and college with Professor Marion Junkin of Washington & Lee University.  At Princeton University he studied under the internationally acclaimed sculptor, Professor Joe Brown, as well as Professors William Shellman and Francis Comstock.  He also worked with the renowned watercolor painter Henry Fukuhara and studied with Hisako Asano, Professor of Art at the University of Southern California and Harbor College.  His paintings are exhibited in a number of public venues, regional art shows, private galleries and international exhibitions throughout the US, in addition to private collections.

Doug does most of his freelance painting of landscapes, seascapes and house/church portraits outdoors where he is best able to capture colors, values, and textures in his compositions.  Though much of his subject matter is from the Central Coast & Southern California, Doug has also painted extensively in the Chesapeake Bay area, Delaware River Valley, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. He is a signature member of the Montana, New Mexico, Kentucky and Philadelphia Watercolor Societies, a juried associate member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West, and an active member of the South Bay CA, Torrance Artists’ Guild, Long Beach Arts, Cambria Allied Arts and San Pedro CA Arts Associations, as well as the Transparent Watercolor Society. Over the last decade, Doug has received 79 awards for his participation in 414 exhibits, 75 of which have been solo affairs.

Doug has also composed several hundred liturgical music compositions for chorus, piano and organ.  A number of these works have been performed at churches across the US.  He actively promotes the interaction of painting and music. Interested clients can obtain quality reproductions of Doug’s artwork and commission watercolor paintings of specific subjects.