Doug Metzler began photographing after seeing Antonioni’s ”Blow-Up.” He attended the School of Visual Arts and assisted photographers in Manhattan. In 1971, he married and moved to Dakar, Senegal, where his ex-wife held a post at the Austrian embassy and he worked as a photographer for Delta Presse.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1974, he became the senior photographer for United Artist Records, creating album covers and portraits of well known artists and musicians.
He began painting on photographs in 1976. The first exhibit of his painted photographs was in 1979 at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Los Angeles, and that same year he showed painted photographs at PS 1 in New York and at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Between 1981 and 1994, he lived and worked in Paris, Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Returning to New York in 1994, he began studying anatomical drawing at The Art Students League, applying his craft to oil paintings and water colors.