Doug Ness is an international award-winning artist living in Missoula, Montana. Through his work, he explores art in the ordinary, bringing attention to beauty in common, overlooked objects. He uses photography to search for the confluence of line, form, structure, texture, and light.

Before discovering his passion for photography, Doug spent 15 years as an institutional bond salesman in New York City and Chicago. After being laid off in the midst of the financial crises of 2008, he decided to pursue more creative and artistic interests. Doug found that the camera merged his love of travel with creative expression perfectly.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Doug graduated from Indiana University, and received an MBA from the University of Chicago. He pursued his education in photography throughout two years in Chicago, Europe, and Montana. In 2009, he graduated from the Career Training Program at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, where he’s been a member of the teaching staff ever since. In 2014, he began leading an annual photography workshop in Venice, Italy.

In addition to his numerous awards, Doug has exhibited his work in both solo and group exhibitions around the country. His art can be found in private collections in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, and elsewhere. He is represented by the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and by Schneider Gallery in Chicago. In addition to art, travel, and photography, Doug’s interests include trail running, food and wine, movies, music, books, sports, and spending time with his dog, Elsa. 


Doug's Curriculum Vitae