Doug was born in Seattle, Washington in 1971. His mother is Sandra Bluehorse from sisseton-wappiton nakota in North Dakota, US. His father is Joe David from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation on central Vancouver Island.
He is a single father of 7 children , 4 of school age who live with him in Port Alberni, BC.
Both his parents were artists so he has always been exposed to the traditional art of these cultures. A lot of his early drawings, he’s been told, were images mimicking the art created by his parents.
His father went in another direction from his family, when Doug was 3 yrs old, so he was predominately schooled by his mother in her traditional ways of the Plains Indians, such as 2D painting, construction art like dream catchers, rawhide parfleches, painted shields and leather and beadwork. His first outlet for commercial art was at the Pike Place Market in Seattle,WA. at the age of twelve with his mom.
Doug spent a few summers growing though with my father up off of Tofino, where my fathers people have lived for thousands of years. He had two cabins, a main house and a private room/cabin, on a isolated island belonging to our people. It was here, at age 8, that his father first began teaching him the stories that demand these images as well as the care of and use of these tools–the knives, adzes, mauls and chisels.
His father, himself a renowned master carver, was a determined worker and had opportunity to see many incredible images emerge from rough blocks of ancient cedar. Doug realized that his visions could be transferred from thought to hand and has been carving every since.
THough he has been an artist his whole life, it is only part of him. He has lived and traveled from Alaska to Hawaii and from California to the Dakotas, along the way learning the local forms of expression. His favourite, aside from carving cedar, was making Pahu drums from coconut trees to sell to the art market as well as hula halau’s – native dance schools, of Hawaii, Maui and Oahu.
Douglas is an experience carver and works are in various collections worldwide. He has participated in a handful of major exhibitions on the westcoast of Canada and the U.S. He is considered part of the next generation of master artist of the Northwest Coast.