David began a serious study of the arts in Palm Springs California after his service as a flight deck attendant in the U.S. Navy in his early 20's. At this time he studied architecture and sculpture. He helped to develop the Sculpture Center at the College of the Desert and was one of the first artists to experiment in cast paper relief.
After returning to Utah he attended the University of Utah. Since his formal schooling, David has studied in depth the style of the more noted old masters, and has developed a unique style of oil painting by combining the knowledge of the old master with the freshness of the impressionists.
David has always found opportunities to teach as a former high school art teacher, a volunteer in the elementary schools and continues to instruct adults in various classical methods and techniques in art.
Some notable artists David has studied under in the past ten years include: Zhang WenXin, Max Turner, and George Allen. Earlier on in his life, he was influenced by Avard Fairbanks his great uncle.
David is currently best known for his oil paintings which include historical portraits, landscape, and still life's. He has an extraordinary gift of capturing life and light.
Over the years, David has received wide spread honors for his artistic abilities through various awards and recognitions.
"My statement on my art is my art!"
David is an incredible man first and foremost. He is also an incredible artist. I have been fortunate to watch his abilities grow and excel in the arts. He is appreciative of those who have encouraged him, have taught him and have believed in him. I have been privileged to sit in on some of the "artist's conversations" where they talk and I have been moved to tears in visualizing their dreams come true. Expect and even demand them to raise a higher standard of excellence for the arts.
"He is a neat guy and a good artist. His oils are fresh, vigorous, sensitive and rich."
"David's paintings return to a tradition of the old masters. Striving for an understanding in the basic rules yet pushing each new painting further than before. I enjoy watching him paint as he labors over each step from the historic study of the scene to be painted throughout the preparation and design to the last final glazes. You can see the painting become a part of him through the feelings he always achieves."
"David is in the tradition of all great artists, is extremely generous with his time and techniques. Being the consummate perfectionist, David is rarely satisfied with a finished work of art, always striving to make the next piece better than the previous one. Another trait he portrays that is true to all great artist as well is confidence enough in himself and his work to share his ideas and techniques with his colleagues. That's Dave."
"What strikes me about David is the deliberate way he has of going about reaching his goals. He continues to educate himself in various yet specific ways which is very impressive. He has gathered and continues to gather the needed tools for success. He has the ability to use the tools from impressionistic painters as well as the more representational artists such as the old masters - which I feel are the best sources. He has a warmth in his personality and in his art - he gives, he lives it, and he trades his knowledge in a very unselfish way. He is interactive in a proactive way. He has a vision I share as well. This is that we need to enlighten our society, masses, public on more of the language of art. During the renaissance it was the "in thing" to know art - literature - music. It is slowly becoming that way. David is an important figure in the renewal of great art. It is important that we mature enough in the arts if we wish to mature enough as human beings in reaching a higher power for all mankind. Great art serves as a strengthening power. We must raise the standard of excellence in the arts. This is a good thing. David is digging and pushing to elevate the quality of painting. We need tot walk about it, write about it, and do it! These are the spoken goals of David. It is more than just a theory. There is a movement happening. He is a large part of it. It will serve as his greatest legacy."