Doug Dorken was born in 1950 spending most of his childhood in the Halifax area. He joined the army when he was 18 years old, entering the navy 4 years later. Doug served on destroyers and minesweepers. He travelled around the world picking up carvings in the places he visited. He retired after 27 years. As a civilian, Doug renovated and sold several houses, sold real estate, fished commercially, fish farmed and dove. He carved as a child and started again after fishing ended for the winter in 1994. Doug has exhibited his carvings at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Teazer, Five Fisherman Gallery, Holy Mackeral, The Spotted Frog Folk Art Gallery, Sunset Gallery,Folk Art Maritime and more. His work is with collectors all across North America, England and France. In addition to carving, Doug has many hobbies which include playing the bagpipes for the local legion, public and private events.
Doug's carvings are all done on kiln dried pine or poplar. He uses one piece of wood and carefully uses knives and chisels to out carve out figures, shapes, animals and landscapes. Doug’s gets his ideas from everyday life on south shore and he has a terrific sense of humour which often shows up in his work. The buoys he uses are authentic and have been used for fishing. "When you buy one you have a piece of local history.” In addition to pictures, Doug carves on stools, benches, tables and frames which has made. He also carves animals.
Doug regularly attends the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival. In 2011, Doug was the featured artist, his carving Mackeral Sky was highlighted on the poster and received much attention. When put up for auction, it matched the highest bid of any featured piece. His work was featured in Saltscapes Magazine in February 2003
https://www.saltscapes.com/people-culture-section/people-culture-category/591-putting-the-fun-in-folk.html and in the December 2008 issue of American Style Magazine and Dreamscapes, a Globe and Mail Publication in 2102
Visit Hubert and Belle's for great selection of Doug's work.