Douglas Cocker was born in 1945. He graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 1968. He became an elected associate of RSA in 1984. and has exhibited widely in the both the UK and abroad. Douglas has been a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen and Duncan of Jordasnston College of Art, Dundee. He undertook a Fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation, County Mayo in 2001. where he was inspired to paint constructions which respond to the landscape and colour unique to Downpatrick Head and that area of Ireland.