David Williams Artist
Plein Air Along Bust Head Road

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 youth color his work to this day, forming the foundation of a lifetime interest in nature and art.

David began art classes around the age of ten, which led to art foundation at VCU and classical figure drawing at the Los Angeles Academy as well as portrait and landscape painting with 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.


Artist Statement


My studio paintings are influenced by two decades of painting on location and the understanding of design, color and brushwork developing from the practice. Using a simple composition, with just a few major shapes as a starting point, a painting 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.

In their approach, my paintings are contemporary realism. With a primary interest in simplified form and pattern, I explore still-life, naturalistic landscapes and parts of our built environment that evoke nostalgia and a strong 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.




Classes and Workshops

Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art,  Sunny Apinchapong -Yang,  Camille Przewodek,

Gay Faulkenberry,  Virginia Museum Studio,  Sherrie McGraw,  Jove Wang 

Richmond Visual Art Center,  VCU,  NVCC     



Select Solo Exhibitions


2013 Lifestyle Interiors

2012 Zig Zag Gallery

2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 Berkley Gallery

 2003 The Phillips Collection Benefit

2003 Gleedsville Gallery

2001, 2002 Longview Gallery

2001 Preston House Art and Antiques

2000 Jubilee Gallery

1997, 1998 Art Gallery of NVCC




January 2017, Broad Run Magazine, "Shaping an Artist" by Aimee O'Grady.

Summer 2014, The Piedmont Virginian Magazine, Artist Showcase.

July 23, 2013, Middleburg Life, “Illusions of Reality”, Lauren Giannini.

September 2010, San Luis Obispo Tribune, “Plein Air with David Williams”, Pat Pemberton.

June-July 2008, International Artist, “Inspiration”, David Williams.

July 27, 2007, The Star Democrat, “Take It Easel”.

Winter 2007, Art Galleries and Artists of the South, David Williams, Catherine Woodson.

October 2006, Élan Magazine, Alumni Notes, David Williams, Alice Ross.

March 2004, Élan Magazine, “A Simple Palette”, Donna Cedar - Southworth.

November 2002, Rappahannock Times, “Alla Prima Paintings”, Ruth Bigelson.

August 2001, Rappahannock Times, “In Touch With the Art Spirit”, Barbara Heile.



Group Exhibition


2017, 2015, 2014, 2013 “Art of the Piedmont”, Middleburg, VA.

2016 "Paint Annapolis", Maryland Federation of Art.

2016 "Easels In Frederick", Frederick , MD.

2016, 2013, "Artist's and Friends", Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA.

2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 “Piedmont Art Show”, The Plains, VA.

2013 “Miniature Masterworks”, Live An Artful Life, The Plains, VA.

2013 “Art in the Burg”, Middleburg, VA.

2013, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 Spring Art At The Mill, Millwood, VA.

2013 Artful Opening, Color Wheel Gallery 65, McLean, VA.

2012 Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA.

2011 Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA.

2010, 2009, 2008 “Plein Air San Luis Obispo”, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.

2010 “Follow the River”, Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA.

2010  “Art in the Park”, Paso Robles, CA.

2009 “Joie de Vivre”, Three Artist’s, Caulfield Gallery, Washington, VA.

2009 “New England Harbors”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.

2008, 2007 “Art of Living”, Gallery at Rich Designs, Colorado Springs, CO.

2008, 2007 “Quick Draw - Plein Air Easton”, Competition, Easton, MD.

2008, 2007 “Plein Air Easton”, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD.

2008, 2007, 2006, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 “Fall Art at the Mill”, Millwood, VA.

2008, 2007, 2006, 2003, 2001 “Belle Grove Benefit”, Winchester, VA.

2007 “Plein Air Norfolk”, Monticello Arcade, Norfolk, VA.

2007 “Homestead Art Weekend”, The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA.

2007 “Plein Air Chincoteague”, Chincoteague Cultural Alliance.

2007 “Pride of Place”, Riverbend Fine Art, Marble Falls, TX.

2007 “Oil Painters of America”, Whistlepik Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX.

2007 “Portrait Exhibition”, Virginia Museum Studio Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2006 “Less Is More”, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

2006 “Land and Sea”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.

2006 “Summer Show”, Crossroads Art Center Gallery, Richmond, VA.

2006 “Spring Exhibit”, Richland Fine Art, Nashville, TN.

2005 “The Still-Life”, Painting Demonstration, Galerie Europa, Reston, VA.

2005, 2004 “Summer Art”, Galerie Europa, Reston, VA.

2005 “Plein Air Painters Weekend”, Galerie Europa, Reston, VA.

2004, 2003 “Plein Air Warrenton, Demonstration and Exhibition, Warrenton , VA.

2003 “Recent Works”, Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, VA.

2002 “New Works”, Gallery One, Winchester, VA.

2002, 2001 “Art at the Aldie Mill”, Virginia Outdoor Foundation.

2001 “Christmas Studio Tour”, Millwood, VA.

2001 “The Independents”, Buchanan Hall, Upperville, VA.

2000 “Collected Works”, Jubilee Gallery, Winchester, VA.

2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 “Park Reflections”, The Carillon, Richmond, VA.


1999 “Lewis and Clark Annual Exhibition”, Lewis and Clark Center for the Arts, Lewiston, ID.

1999 “Richmond Artists”, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1999 “As the River Flows: Journey Along the James River”, Artspace Gallery, Richmond VA.

1999 “Richmond Artists”, Sycamore House Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA.

1999 “Spring Exhibition”, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA.

1998 “Studio Walk”, Group Open Studio, Richmond, VA.

1998 “Benefit Exhibit”, Richmond Arts Collective, Richmond, VA.

1997 “November Show”, Shockoe Bottom Arts Center, Richmond, VA.

1997 “Perry County Artists”, Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg, PA.

1997, 1996 “Recent Works”, Two Artist Exhibition, Gallery of NVCC, Manassas, VA.

1996 “Annual Member Exhibit”, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA.




David Williams Painting Studio
David Williams Art Studio With Zinnias



PO Box 83,

The Plains, VA 20198