Digging Doug

By Janet Bressler-Bilenky


“Strictly considered, writing about music is as illogical as singing about economics.” This anonymous quote from 1918 has been paraphrased by many, maybe most famously by Martin Mull: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” Music is meant to be heard. Art is meant to be seen. Writing about art is a similarly futile exercise- you have to experience it! 


Doug Dale (DUG Art) creates vibrant, exciting mixed-media works, that “just happen” to be bicycle-themed. A former racer, Doug possesses both an artist’s eye and a cyclist’s heart. The images speak for themselves. DUG Art would be welcome on walls anywhere- the joyful colors and enticing textures transcend the subject matter and speak directly to the beholder. You don’t have to be an enthusiast of the sport to be captivated.


An exhibit by Eric Carle (of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” fame), sparked Doug’s imagination and was the initial impetus for him to pursue working in cut paper. He has fully mastered his chosen medium. Doug stretches the boundaries of what’s possible for both material and content. 


DUG Art is a first-timer to the Philly Bike Expo. I look forward to meeting the artist and seeing the work “in person”.


I don’t have a lot of life regrets, but one of them is letting my own visual-art expression slip away amidst the challenges of child-rearing. I realize now, that rather than try unsuccessfully to either find the ”alone” time or to keep little hands out of mommy’s art stuff, I should have supplied the kids with their own and worked along side them. Duh! Seems so obvious, now! I am inspired by Doug’s personal career-changing and “triumph over adversity” stories and by the the art itself. More than any other artist whose work I’ve recently become acquainted with, DUG Art is challenging me to return to picture-making.