Douglas McGarren Flack, known professionally as McGarren Flack, graduated from Brigham Young University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in illustration. Flack continued his formal education at the University of Utah, receiving his Masters of Fine Art in painting and drawing. Currently he teaches part time and paints full time.
In 2004, he was awarded an Oscarson Discovery Grant, which allowed him to travel to California for a couple of months and intern with Jeremy Lipking. Flack helped set up a painting workshop, record Jeremy Lipking painting on multiple occasions, and prep art pieces for his one man show in the Arcadia Gallery located in New York.