David was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the Virginia countryside. His love for the outdoors was instilled early on, growing from childhood explorations of field and forest, river and bay.
Influences collected during his youth color his work to this day, forming the foundation of a lifetime interest in nature and art.
At the urging of family, David began art classes around the age of ten, which led to study at VCU and classical figure drawing at the Los Angeles Academy. David studied portrait and landscape painting with some of the finest artists around, including Jove Wang, Sunny Apinchapong-Yang, Sherrie McGraw, Gay Faulkenberry and Camille Przewodek.
David’s paintings have been awarded numerous prizes, including artist’s choice, collector’s choice and best of show. His paintings have been featured in newspaper and magazine articles and are included in collections throughout the United States.
My studio paintings are influenced by over two decades of painting on location and the understanding of design, color and brushwork which develops out of the practice. Using a simple layout, with just a few major shapes as a starting point, a finished painting slowly emerges. Working in oil, with a limited palette of five colors, a natural color harmony occurs. My brushwork is broadly applied and punctuated by generously layered, textural paint which creates a nearly sculptural quality.
In their approach, my paintings are contemporary realism. With a primary interest in simplified form and pattern, I explore naturalistic landscapes and parts of our built environment that evoke nostalgia and a sense of place.
I tend to prefer a simplified lifestyle punctuated by new things and my artwork reflects this personal aesthetic. Saying a lot without saying too much is important. Visually describing a subject without unnecessary embellishment and allowing the viewer to quietly participate is the experience my artwork offers.