Richard Doran has been showcasing his contemporary photography in galleries and juried exhibits for over 30 years. His pieces grace the homes of several of Hollywood’s entertainment executives. Plus interior designers nationwide have found his art perfect for many of their discerning clients.
Doran opened Satsuma Gallery in 2003, located in North Hollywood, CA, and it quickly became a hub for those artists looking to work in a co-op environment. He made the gallery an active community builder, hosting many non-profit programs and showcasing artwork from adjacent high schools.
Doran recently made a shift from his brick and mortar gallery to an on-line gallery. www.doran-designs. He now focuses on event and corporate photography along with his signature landscape and cityscape images.
The artist’s passion for teaching has been demonstrated by his involvement in art education for most of his life. Doran served as a high school art department chair in Los Angeles; has been a consultant to the Getty Education Institute and the California Science Center as an advisor to middle school teachers on a project integrating art and science. He served as a consultant to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences developing a curriculum guide that connected the media arts to classroom activities. Most recently, he served as the Director of Education at Hollywood Entertainment Museum, where he ran an arts education program for youth on probation.
When he is not out chasing his photographic vision, Doran volunteers his timeteaching a photography class for El Nido Family Centers’ Gang Reduction Youth Development Program (GRYD) in Pacoima, CA. With his guidance and instruction the youth have won numerous awards and have exhibited their work at several Los Angeles galleries, including William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica.
Doran, his wife, Elaine, and Black Labrador, Lucca, reside in Studio City, CA.