Doug James Braithwaite, of Sunset, Davis County, Utah, studied at the University of Utah as a student of Paul Davis and David Dornan. He participated as a staff member of the University of Utah's Summer and Fall Painting Workshops held in southern Utah from 1990 to the present. His work is developing in two directions—landscape and contemporary still life. His richly painted oils are influenced by Walter Murch and William Harnett. Braithwaite attempts to symbolize a personal life of work and play. He said once, "I like the idea of using objects that are found around the house not normally considered worthy of painting but are able to work as metaphors or simply as objects that are dated and tied to my lifetime."