With his paintings David conveys a lived experience, either directly on site of the subject or recalled later in the studio through memory. He paints directly on site beginning with a compositional drawing and then proceeds to paint his subject to a point where it ceases being a replication of the subject and transforms into a painting of his experience based in the qualities of the paint and how he manipulates its character. His paintings feature a strong structural composition, high-keyed colors, energetic brushstrokes, balance of lights and darks, and fluid movement over the composition.
Born near Conway, Arkansas in 1943.
University of Central Arkansas, B.S.E. in Art Education (1961-65); Aspen School of Contemporary Art (summer of 1964); University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.F.A. in Painting (1971, 1973-75); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1972).
Honors and Awards
Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1978, 1981, and 1984; Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA, 1979; Ossabaw Island Project, Ossabaw Island, GA, 1979; Art in Public Places, Santa Fe, NM, 1993-94.
Maitland Art Center, Maitland, FL; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC. Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX.
Colleges and Universities
Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA; Duke University, Durham, NC; University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC; University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR.
Alabama Farm Bureau, Montgomery, AL; Barclays-America, Inc., Charlotte, NC; Bell South, Atlanta, GA; The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL; Burlington Industries, Greensboro, NC; Equitable Life Assurance Society, New York, NY; First Union National Bank, Charlotte, NC; HBO Television, Atlanta, GA; Heritage Club, San Angelo, TX; Hunton and Williams, Raleigh, NC; IBM, Charlotte, Raleigh, Malvern; Jefferson Pilot Insurance Company, Greensboro, NC; McKenzie, Patterson, Inc., Moraga, CA; Miller Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI; Bank of America, Charlotte, NC; Phillip Morris, Inc., Richmond, VA; Wachovia Bank and Trust, Winston-Salem, NC.
Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; Department of State, United States of America, Washington, DC; United Arts Council, Greensboro, NC; Mobil Oil Corporate Collection, High Point, NC; State Printing Facility, Santa Fe, NM.