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Douglas Hoffman
The ideas for my work are a combination of serendipity and planning. I have rather rigid ideas about which models I will use and which sorts of props and settings I like to explore. Yet, when all the elements come together I use my artistic sensibilities, along with trial and error, to create what I hope will be successful images.
Probably most important to my growth as an artist, was a job I had during my years at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in the window display department of Hecht's Department Store. Learning how to collect the right props, and arrange them in a display window, is very similar to the work I doing planning and creating my paintings. This practical training was so much more useful than anything I could have learned in the staid atmosphere of art school.
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