Painting is more than a vocation “ My paintings are direct observations, results of a life and heritage spent close to the Land, the People, the West. It’s a calling to satisfy a desire to speak in a visual medium, telling stories; all the time looking West”. My ability to portray this subject is not without it’s own struggles. Painting is hard work, but I’m committed to communicating the story in a passionate way, with honesty, and the vitality the subject deserves.
Born in 1952, David grew up in Lubbock, Texas. After studying Fine Art at Texas Tech University, he was invited to participate in the first Illustrators Workshop, New York, where he studied with Bernie Fuchs, Mark English and Bob Peak. His work was recognized many times by the Illustrators Annual National Show during the 1970-1980’s. In 1990, he began to devote his full time to painting professionally. Early on, he had the opportunity to study with Bettina Steinke and James Reynolds.
In addition to having work featured in articles including Cowboys and Indians, Victoria, Dallas Morning News, Western Art Collector, Southwestern Art(cover and feature Oct. 2013) and corporate collections, David has been invited to participate in these selected national shows; American Art Classic, Texas Art Gallery Collectors Sale, Settler’s West Gallery.
Awards include; Oil Painters of America National show ( Award of Excellence), Salon International ( jury top 50 award), National Ranching Heritage Museum 2010-2015, American Impressionist Society 2015 National Exhibition, Maynard Dixon Invitational 2016 ( awarded Silver Thunderbird for best body of work). InSight Gallery Texas Master show 2017-2021. Art Renewal Center 2019 14th ARC Salon (winner of second place;Landscape category and also an Honorable Mention).
In addition, David was awarded the American Legacy Fine Art Award and given the opportunity to participate in the American Legacy Fine Art Gallery’s show in 2020 in Pasadena, Ca., Coors National Western Art Exhibition 2010-2022. In addition the Coors National Western Art Exhibition and Sale has awarded David with the honor of being named the 2022 feature artist. 2021 Birds in Art Exhibition Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum.
David’s work is represented by these prestigious galleries, Legacy Galleries, Scottsdale,AZ., and InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg,Tx.David and his wife Lorna split their time between their home/studio in Dallas where they raised their three children, Ryan, Elizabeth, and Michael, and their home /studio in Cordillera, Colorado.
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