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From Stethoscopes to Skylines: Painting the Beauty of Flight

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Doug Johnson has been painting for over 45 years, using his talents to describe in oils and acrylics his travels, careers, and passions for nature, medicine, technology, and aviation.

Born at the West Point Military Academy, Doug traveled the world as an “Air Force brat” during his youth. After receiving his B.S. from Virginia Tech and M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia, he studied Internal Medicine in San Antonio, followed by Radiation Oncology at Stanford. After several years as an active duty U.S. Air Force cancer specialist, flight surgeon, and hospital administrator, Dr. Johnson continued his civilian practice in Florida and Georgia.

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Preparing for Dawn On Patrol Oil on Canvas, 30” x 40” x 2”

Creativity lies at the heart of what drives Dr. Johnson: “My world revolves around thinking in three or four dimensions, whether it involves creating complex treatments to target cancer, winging safely through the skies as a pilot, or to laying down feelings and memories on canvas.”

Although largely self-taught, Doug has studied under artists Paul Ladnier, Greg Barnes, Ken Dewaard, George Van Hook, and Bill Farnsworth. He is a member of the Florida Artists Guild, St. Augustine and North Georgia Art Associations, Jacksonville Artist Guild, Jacksonville Coalition for Visual Arts, and the First Coast Plein Air Painters association.

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Survived Another Mission: Contemplation Oil on Panel, 16” x 20”

Since retiring from his medical practice in 2019, Doug and his wife Sue divide their time between his homes and studios in Northeast Florida and Northeast Georgia.

To contact Doug about his art, he can be reached at Visit his website to see more of his work at

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