Doug Turman was born in Seattle and raised in Missoula, where he was helped by significant artistic mentors such as Lela Autio and George Gogas. Turman received his BA in Art from Oberlin College and his MFA from the University of Montana. He worked at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC before heading back west to pursue his career in painting and printmaking.
For 18 years Turman and his wife Mary Lee Larison ran Turman Larison Contemporary, a fine art gallery in downtown Helena. In 2016 the Holter Museum of Art in Helena hosted Here and There: An Italian Journey, a solo exhibition of Turman's work tracing the influence of his many trips to Italy where he and Mary Lee now conduct workshops featuring painting and cooking.
Turman's work can be found on all seven continents.