Not so long ago, David was managing software engineering teams in Silicon Valley. He loved his positions, projects, and colleagues, and the world of start-up innovation was endlessly exciting. But his inner artist always hovered in the background. He drew constantly as a child and later, as a working adult, took frequent art classes at night to feed this part of his soul. When a company shutdown loomed in 2013, David decided to leap, once and for all, into the creative realm that beckoned. He hasn’t looked back.
A new world opened up as David pursued formal studies in illustration at the San Francisco Academy of Art. With an eclectic range of inspirations from comic books, sci-fi, and horror movies to the soundtracks of John Carpenter films, David has integrated the fun and the bizarre into his expanding portfolio. And he even gets to delve into the macabre from time to time! He likes to joke: “I enjoy creating artwork that explores the dark and unnatural in a manner safe for mortal eyes.”
In 2015, a family relocation to London prompted David to shift his focus to the study of traditional classical drawing and painting. Initially based at the London Atelier of Representational Art, he was influenced and inspired by Travis Seymour. When Seymour started the Barnes Atelier, David followed to continue his full-time training. From still life to figurative work, he has been captivated by the process of mastering materials and continually refining his foundational skills as a draughtsman. He loves the process of conquering light, shadow, and value, as well as working with graphite, chalk, and charcoal.
Last year, David submitted a piece to an open call by the Art Renewal Center, and was honored to have his hard work and dedication recognized as a Finalist in the Drawing Category of the 13th Annual ARC salon (2017). In his words: “My work would never have gotten this far without the guidance of all of the talented teachers and mentors I’ve had the privilege to know.”
David is looking ahead with excitement to begin the painting portion of the program at Barnes Atelier. He is fascinated and inspired by master painters such as Caravaggio and Diego Velásquez, as well as numerous current realist and imaginary realist painters. In the lively and free London environment, he is driven to develop his craft further, share his vision, and test his mortal limits.