David Leverett was born in 1973 outside New Orléans, Louisiana and raised in Texas and Arkansas. His mother an RN, his father a Chemist art was the last place one would think David would find his future. His love of art was clear from a very young age but his love of painting and drawing came later when nurtured by a family friend and U.S. Navy veteran. Even though he had an extreme talent and skill set for art David chose the responsible and dependable path in life by joining the military right after high school and leaving his love of art on the back burner, until he met his future wife who pushed him to chase his talent and follow his dream. In 2001 David earned an associate degree in Commercial Arts from Nossi College of Art in Tennessee. With degree in hand he chased the dream and realized that working two jobs was what he had to do to pay the bills. After no success he put the paintbrushes down once again and turned to being a Chef for his sole income but life had other plans and after 25 plus years in the culinary industry health issues took their toll and David once again turned to art as an outlet and future. In May 2015 David graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Currently David teaches his skills to others with hopes of establishing a non-profit and helping others through art. David believes Art is the best therapy anyone could ever hope for. Whether he's Plein Air Painting the many facets our world has to offer or creating a work strictly from his imagination, art gives him a way to communicate, art has become his strongest means of communication (He speaks through image). Thus art has become his coping tool for the different challenges we face everyday. He believes that, through art, everyone can heal. Equally, using art as a teaching tool expands his world in art. He finds the various opportunities in art very exciting. Multiple opportunities in expressing oneself through art gets people involved. Just as he is not only a painter, he also draws renderings of buildings; carves and turns wood bowls; throws clay for bowls and vases and draws sidewalk pictures with pastels. Having developed these skills, it is now his intent to share these insights with others by way of teaching privately and through the Center for Visual Art in Wausau Wisconsin. David's newest adventure involves helping people across the United States by traveling and establishing his non-profit ArtForLifeChange. In which he plans to help Veterans, people with disabilities, and people effected by natural disasters. The ultimate goal of ArtForLifeChange is "Helping Change Lives One Piece Of Art At A Time". David Leverett-Artist Statement 04/28/2016 Art especially painting realistically has always been a very important part of my life. My dedication to a high level craft through observation skills and attention to detail has made me the artist I am today. I have always been inspired by the lines and forms in the machines from the 1940’s through 1960’s specifically the airplanes and automobiles from that era. The abundant use of chrome, highly stylized shapes, light fittings, and overall design of the emblems and car hood ornaments are just a short list of things I find attractive. When I look at a totally restored car it helps take me back to the nostalgia of that time; observing them in the junkyard having been left to decay requires me to stand back and see their beauty in a different way. Seeing the forms interacting with the environment as nature reclaims them. The once bright colors of the smooth original paint is now combined with rusty surfaces, moss, pine needles, and deteriorating chrome that form a strange still life that is mechanical and organic. I document close–ups of different parts of the forgotten cars and use these as the base of my paintings. I control the brightness of the color and the detail in the shadows to create an image that is both almost real and impossibly real. As the artist I control the palette to bring the impact to the final image, giving these once pristine American crafted machines a chance to shine once more and not to be forgotten.
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.