ABOUT ME I’ve been painting for about two decades but I first realized I had a passion for art before I started school. I remember my parents buying me one of the boxes of 64 Crayola crayons and big pad of pristine manila paper. All for me... I loved making big looping scribble doodles and would fill in the shapes with all the colors from the crayon box. My parents entered one of my drawings in a contest, and I ended up winning a microscope and a set of encyclopedias. I couldn’t believe people would give me stuff just for my doodles! I was hooked. MY WORK By day, I’m a graphic designer at Michigan State University. Through my design work, I problem-solve communications, and express what other people need to say. When I paint, I express what I need to say. Living in Michigan, I find endless inspiration, whether it’s among the Port Oneida homesteads in northern Michigan, at the Michigan State University Gardens in East Lansing, the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, or the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor. My paintings are pure Michigan. The joy I get from painting comes from many sources and inspiration including texture, pattern, and color. My current inspiration is attempting to coax different textures from the watercolor paint that goes beyond brush work alone. My style is photorealistic, I look for a view or composition that shows the qualities of the subject. I want to render the images as faithfully as possible and let the images do the talking. My hope is to have the viewer notice something in the painting that they might have otherwise missed. I want them to see texture and detail in the work, to become acquainted with the places and the effect that people have had on them.
David's ArtPrize Entries
These are David's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
David's Past Work
These are images of past work that David has done.