B i o g r a p h y
Painting is more than a vocation, ''My paintings are direct observations, results of a life and heritage spent close to the Land, the People, and the West. It's a calling to satisfy a deep desire to speak in a visual medium, telling stories; all the time looking west". My ability to portray these subjects is not without its own struggle. Painting is hard work, but I'm committed to improving my ability to communicate the story in a passionate way, with honesty and vitality that the subject deserves. Although the American West is not the only subject I enjoy painting, I am satisfied that I value God's gift in whatever stage I'm in, and that my purpose is to be the best steward of that gift I can be.
David grew up in Lubbock, Texas. After studying Fine Art at Texas Tech University, he was invited to attend the first Illustrators Workshop New York, where for two years he studied with Bernie Fuchs, Mark English, and Bob Peak. His work was recognized many times by the Illustrators Annual national show during the 1970-80's In 1985, he began to devote full time to painting professionally, sharing a studio with Bart Forbes for the next 10 years. He also studied with Bettina Steinke and James Reynolds.
In addition to having his work featured in magazines
articles, including Cowboys and Indians, Victoria, Dallas Morning News,
Western Art Collector, Southwest Art (cover and feature Oct.2013) and
corporate collections, David has been invited to participate in these
nationally recognized shows: American Art Classic; Renaissance Show and Sale,
Texas Art Gallery Collectors Sale, Settler’s West Gallery, Oil Painters of
America Exhibit (Award of Excellence), Salon International (jury top 50 Award);
Coors National Western Art Exhibit and Sale 2010-2017, National Ranching
Heritage Museum, Texas Tech University, Two-man exhibit, 2012. American
Impressionist Society 2015, Maynard Dixon Invitational 2016, (awarded Silver
Thunderbird for best body of work).