Durwood Dommisse has been painting professionally for over 40 years, and the natural landscape has been his recurring and dominant passion throughout his artistic life. While painting primarily in the United States, Durwood has also painted in Canada; Florence, Italy; Tuscany; and in numerous areas of Provence, France. In addition, he has visited England and Holland. He holds the title of Professor Emeritus, Communication Arts and Design Department, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, where he taught for over 27 years.
Residing in Richmond, Virginia, Durwood Dommisse also spends extended summers at his lakeside cabin and studio in northern Wisconsin. Most of his paintings reflect the inspiring and varied beauty of the surrounding natural environment. Often characterized by quiet, serene, atmospheric effects, his paintings and prints frequently include expansive views of water and reflections.
Sensitive use of color and value, skillful use of texture, and expressive handling of deep space are significant attributes of his paintings. Such inherent qualities, along with his dedication and underlying emotion, are some of the reasons that his paintings and prints are so highly valued and extensively collected. Few American painters have pursued the natural landscape as a subject with such intensity and singleness of purpose for so many years.
In January, 2006, An original painting of artist Durwood Dommisse was selected by the U.S. State Department, Art in Embassies Program, to be exhibited for an extended period of time in the United States embassy in Panama. Four of his original paintings are also on exhibition in the United States embassy in Uzbekistan.