Doug Coffin grew up on the grounds of Haskell Institute, an Indian boarding school (now Haskell Indian Nations University) in Lawrence, Kansas. A long term resident of New Mexico, Coffin is recognized as one of the pioneering contemporary artists of his generation. Coffin, along with his friends Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell, has been an integral part of the modern art world in Taos, Santa Fe, and beyond. He has had sculptures in the White House Rose Garden, the Grand Palais in Paris, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Each of Coffin’s works has a spiritual element with Power objects from Native peoples being his main inspiration.