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.
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.
Awards / Exhibitions
2023 FInalist International Guild of Realism Fall Salon Online Exhibition
2023 Finalist OilPainters of America Western Regional Exhibition
2022 Finalist Art Renewal Center International Salon, Still Life Category
2021 Winner of the AAPL Board of Directors Award for Representational and Traditional Artistic Merit in the 93rd AAPL Grand National exhibition.
2021 Richeson75 international figure/portrait competition
2021 International Guild of Realism Fall Salon Finalist
NOAPS 2021 Spring Online Exhibition
NOAPS 2021 Best of America SMALL Works National Juried Exhibition Finalist
2021 International Guild of Realism Spring Salon Finalist
2020 Finalist - Portrait Society of America - members-only competition -non-commissioned category
2020 Finalist Art Renewal Center International Salon, Portraiture Category
2020 Finalist Art Renewal Center International Salon, Still Life Category
2018 Finalist Art Renewal Center International Salon, Figurative Category