My name is David Retter. I grew up in the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area. I identify myself as a father, husband and provider, in that order. I have had a lifetime of the standard ’40 hours and all of the overtime I can get’. At 55 years of age, with encouragement from my lovely bride, Tamara, and from my brother, Mark, I changed my path and am pursuing a life in the arts. I dabble in music production on the computer, indulging the child in me that wants to be a rock star. I build furniture of my own design that is somewhat similar to Shaker furniture. I fish as much as I can….and THAT is art! I write, I joke, I love. My favorite vehicle for expression is wood. Sometimes I have an idea to convey and I’ll carve a scene to express the message. Sometimes I’ll see something in a piece of cast off wood, maybe something in my firewood pile or something in a downed tree that is just laying there decaying. In that case, the message isn’t mine, but is waiting to be found and brought to light in the form of a bowl or basket. I’m guiding the chisels in carving a scene. The wood is guiding me when finding a bowl. The one is very structured and there is process. The other is just very free form with no set boundaries. I love both. I have, this past year, taken up a lot more painting. My 2020 Artprize entry is pretty serious but most of my paintings are just fun, fluffy and frivolous. My work can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/YoungMelvin-1210193495726390/, and if you happen to be in Gaylord, Michigan, you can see my work and that of other local artists at The Holistic Spa, 104 W.Main St, Snowbelt Brewery. 132 W. Main St, Creative Pursuits formerly Lady Latte at 130 W. Main, and at Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, 125 E. Main.
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.