Cumberland artist's work to appear on network TV show

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CUMBERLAND — David Clough‘s watercolors can transport you from a frigid winter night to a warm and beautiful morning in the tropics.

And thanks to the TV drama “Criminal Minds,” his works will soon be seen in millions of homes around the world, in an episode to air on CBS at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

“It’s a thrill,” the Cumberland Foreside resident said March 27. “Artists go through episodes in their lives; sometimes they get some recognition, sometimes they don’t.”

It’s particularly exciting for Clough, 83, who said he has always been infatuated with movies and Hollywood.

His Caribbean works caught the eye of “Criminal Minds” set director K.C. Fox while she toured a gallery in the British Virgin Islands. She brought a few of them home to California, Clough said, and Fox later contacted him about including his paintings in an episode of the show to be set in Barbados.

“When it happened, I thought, ‘well, this is my moment,'” said Clough, whose paintings also hang at Town Landing Market in Falmouth.

The former longtime Falmouth resident has been painting for 40 years. Prior to going into art full-time 25 years ago – “I threw in the towel and picked up my paint brush,” he recalled – his career included advertising and the travel and hospitality industries.

Along with painting scenes from the Caribbean, where he was once marketing director for Holiday Inn, he also captures scenes from Portland and coastal Maine on canvas.

Clough said he watches “Criminal Minds” – a series in its 10th year about a team of FBI profilers – “from time to time.” Of course, he will be tuning in next Wednesday, and anticipates that a few of his friends will, too.

In the meantime, Clough can enjoy some glory and attention that he notes is often denied artists.

“You just never know when something like this is going to come,” he said.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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The tropical paintings of Cumberland artist David Clough will appear on a segment of TV drama “Criminal Minds” Wednesday, April 8.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.