In Celebration of the Artist

Douglas Scott Arnold (“Doug”)



Doug was born March 1953 in Toledo Ohio and passed August 2020 in Denver Colorado.  He was 67 years old.

Doug is survived by his loving wife, Julie; Mother-in-Law, Roberta; Sister, Jackie (Terry);

In-law siblings, Joy, Janice and Mack; Son: Ian; Daughters: Julia (Wes) and Crystal;

Step-daughter, Michelle (Jeremy); Step-son: Bradley (Jessica); and 3-3/4 grandchildren.

Due to Covid, we will not be gathering to celebrate his life until it is safe for everyone to do so.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Sarah Cannon Fund at:

The Sarah Cannon Fund at American Cancer Society 

P.O. Box 23197

Oklahoma City, OK   73123

Or online at:

Or to your favorite charity in his name.

While Doug loved golf (which is where he met his wife of almost 25 years, Julie), Colorado Rockies baseball games, football, movies (especially Mel Brooks’ movies, which had a plethora of one-liners that he used often), air shows (particularly when they included P-51’s), snorkeling, baking pies from scratch (including the crust), and reminding Julie about the extra circuit breaker when it was time to put up all the holiday lights, his true passion was the arts. Doug was an incredible artist who had developed his style of photo realism artwork since childhood.

As an elementary student and growing up in Perrysburg, Ohio, Doug attended four years of classes at the Toledo Museum of Art, where he was exposed to one of the finest art collections in North America.  He later studied architecture at Ohio University, where his talents were recognized with an extra room for a studio, and the painting of an entire rec room wall (now Weld Hall) with a mural of the Beatles.

In 1974, after discovering that unlike Ohio, the sun shines and the snow melts in winter, he moved to Denver and worked for the Johns-Manville Design Group.  From there he went on to become a display designer for a major exhibit corporation in Denver and then started his own business in 1980 as an architectural illustrator of major local and national homebuilders.

Since he has been living in Denver, Douglas has developed fine art in his spare time.  His subjects are of local scenes so he could physically view, as well as photograph them.  Each piece incorporates many viewings, as well as hundreds of photo studies.

Although no longer with us, through his vision, this very talented man created space in time to be enjoyed for generations to come.