Douglas Gates was born in San Diego in 1950.

He has been a working artist for over 40 years and has sold to private collectors across the country.

Fifteen years ago he had his first child and gave up painting  …or really just forgot to paint, although there were still a few that happened. Mostly though he just kept drawing and using stickers for collage. When both his boys were school-age, he pulled out his old paintings from under the bed. His oldest son saw these big stacks of paintings, and said Dad I didn’t know you painted. This in spite of the fact that all the walls in their house are covered with his paintings.