A sixth-generation Floridian, Doug Whittle received a BFA in painting from the University of Florida in 1984. After graduation, he spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in central Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) teaching fish farming to villagers in the Kasai Occidental region. He returned to earn an MFA in printmaking from his alma mater in 1990, and then spent two years as Director of Visual Arts at the Stuart Center for the Arts in Stuart, Florida, before accepting a position on the art faculty of Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. From 1992-2004 he taught drawing, painting, printmaking, and 2-dimensional design at that institution, while also leading the annual Winter Term New York City travel program. In 2004 he was hired to be the Director of Educational Travel at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies, where he spent the next 17 years imagining, planning, and leading educational trips around the country and throughout the world, until his retirement in 2021. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin.