Artist in Focus

Douglas Wilkins

August 4 - August 28, 2022

"My name is Douglass Wilkins.  I am a self-taught artist and have been painting since childhood. I am retired and line in pa with my wife Debbie.  I have 3 kids who are grown up.  Two live in Florida. One in PA."

How did you find your passion with the arts?
"I just knew as a child I lived art and it helped me survive as a kid as I grew up in orphanages and foster care."

What is your medium of choice and why do you prefer it?
"Acryclic.  It dries quickly."

Describe your process for making a piece of artwork:
"I come up with the idea and sometimes sketch it out and sometimes just paint it.  I also do paintings on request from other people's ideas."

What are some of your biggest inspirations?
"My biggest love is auto racing."

What was your journey to selling art?
"Started as survival. Now it’s the love of painting and making others happy." 


How long have you displayed your artwork at the Franklin Street Gallery?
"I think since 2010."

What are some of your favorite things about the Finger Lakes Region?
"The lake, the race track, the wineries and the hiking."