2019 Emerging Artist of the Year

International Juried art show

Art Comes Alive

Emerging Artist of the Year 2019 - Arts Come Alive

Best in Show - Artist in Middleburg 2019

Best Friends - 3rd place - The Arts Center In Orange 2016

2-D Artist of the Year 2013 - Arts Come Alive

People's Choice Award 2013 - Arts Come Alive

Purchase Award 2012 - Arts Come Alive

Instructor of the Year 2007 - NSMA

Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Fame 2007

First Place - Poster Competition - 1972


Meet J, the artist 

Portrait Society of America

American Academy of Equine Art

Artist in Middleburg AIM

Free Mason - Olive Branch Lodge #114


Become a patron of my art

Photo by: Manfred Photography

Northern Virginia based artist, J (Just J) Douglas, has been honing his artistic skills his entire life.  This native Texan started his career as a portrait artist in 1976, but worked only in black and white.  In 2008, J met and watched Henry Asencio paint in person.  He was so inspired by Henry, that he bought all of the supplies to paint in oils, and has never looked back.  Henry and J have become friends through the years and continue to inspire each other.  

His award winning equestrian work began in 2010 when his wife, Cindy Battino, asked him to create a few horse paintings for his next show.  That was the catalyst that sparked his love for the horse.  You will find his work in palaces, presidential homes, estates, resorts, galleries and many homes around the world.  "Destiny", his largest piece to date, can be found hanging in the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA.

J's evolution from portrait artist, commercial artist, martial artist and finally equestrian artist has been an exciting journey.  J likes to say, "I can not wait to see what I will be creating in five years."  He says this, because he truly feels that art is an ever evolving study, and that mastery is a title for those that have passed on in life.  J's studio is just off of the Shenandoah River and tucked away in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

You can support his journey and become a patron of the arts for as little as $2 a month.  Click here.

Note:  After owning a martial arts school in Northern Virginia for over 17 years, J (Master J, 6th degree black belt) has hung up his black belts and now gives all of his attention to his fine arts.  His studio is found up in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains with his wife, Cindy Battino and  their two dogs.