About John

“Evolution of a Drummer”

Photo by Zack Whitford

Art and music. Music and art. These are the two passions that John Douglas has enjoyed, pursued, and juggled his entire life. Being an accomplished drummer and artist he ultimately combined them and began painting and customizing drums and guitars for many of the biggest rock bands on the planet…Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Pantera, Maná, Van Halen and ZZ Top to name just a few, all while writing music and performing with various bands himself.

He now works behind the scenes and tours with many of these bands. While on tour he paints on canvas in his hotel rooms, exercising his creativity and love of portraiture. Primarily black and white portraits of what else…rock & roll stars. And his work has been appreciated and collected by many of the performers for which he works. Joe Perry of Aerosmith used a painting done by Douglas for the cover of his solo album Have Guitar Will Travel. While working on the Bon Jovi tour in 2018 Douglas painted a portrait of Jon Bon Jovi who loved the painting so much he offered limited edition prints of it to his fans.

The name John Douglas may not be familiar, but his work, featured on drums, guitars, album covers and concert stages, has been seen by literally hundreds of thousands of music fans. And his rock & roll portraits on canvas are in private collections and on display in Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos all over the world.