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 the Omaha World-Herald newspaper. After about 12 years at that position, Doug’s commercial art career took him to Hellman Associates, an Eastern Iowan illustration studio where he spent several years working for national clients. From there he struck out on his own and has been a freelance illustrator for over 20 years.