Douglas R. Graves was born in Denver, Colorado. He began his art education in California, at Los Angeles City College, and continued his training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After graduation, he became an instructor of figure drawing and illustration at the Academy. Mr. Graves now make his home in Riverside, California. He is presently associated with Portraits, Inc. in New York City. Mr. Graves also does illustration and has worked on books in the Basic Reader Series for Scott Foresman and Co. Mr. Graves' paintings, which include a wide variety of subjects, as well as commissioned portraits, are found in many private collections in the United States, South America, and Europe. His work has been exhibited in numerous shows both here and abroad and has won him many honors.