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Native Iowan, Doug Knutson, brings to life his Midwest surroundings in his landscapes, still life and wildlife paintings. Even as a youngster growing up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Knutson knew he would devote his life to his artwork. Following graduation from Omaha Art School, he began his career as an illustrator in the Editorial Art Department of an Omaha newspaper. After about 12 years at that position, Doug’s commercial art career took him to an Eastern Iowan illustration studio where he spent several years working for national clients.

Over the years he has completed illustrations for such places as Burger King, Wal-Mart, Random House, McDonalds, John Deere, The Franklin Mint and Target. Illustrations have ranged from CD and video cases to children's books covers, posters, beer labels, advertising materials and collectable tins and plates.

Upon becoming a freelance illustrator several years ago, the flexibility of time led Doug back to his love of nostalgia, antiques and rural life, and today there are over 65 acrylic paintings in print, inspired by his Midwestern surroundings.

Currently, Doug Knutson resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, balancing his time between illustration assignments and images for prints.

Doug Knutson can be reached at dkillustration1@aol.com