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I was born in 1948, in Palo Alto, California. My parents were both scientists who worked for NASA, and together they did the pioneering research on swept wing design that makes jet travel possible.
All of my life I've had equal passions for jazz and modern art.
I've been drawing and painting since I was 12, when I first saw an abstract painting by Jasper Johns. I love abstract art because when it’s good it can put you in touch with who you are beyond culture, psychology, history or personality. When an abstract painting speaks to you, whether through the colors used or the forms or the composition, you have a chance to transcend any everyday concerns that may be keeping you in hiding from your self.
As an artist I've been influenced by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly and Richard Gayton (my drawing teacher at The California College of Arts and Crafts). My drive is for new and dynamic color interaction; an active, energetic composition; and some compelling quality that keeps the painting alive and engaging, even after many years.
I've taught drawing, painting and color theory for young and old, both in my studio and in public venues. I've taught drawing and painting to “youth at risk” in the Mississippi Delta and taught public school teachers how to teach their students art.
My work is in both private and corporate art collections around the world. Over the past 35 years I've shown in approximately 70 one-man and group gallery shows. I've also been on the Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Roster of approved artists for grant-seeking institutions.
I enjoy playing my saxophone up and down the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in New Orleans. Visit www.davesjazz.com to hear my original jazz compositions and look for my album Opening on Spotify and Apple Music.
I welcome your comments on my work, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of my paintings are abstract - they have no subject matter, they are not paintings of something, or an expression of something. They're just paintings - a spontaneous arrangement of colors and shapes that I found pleasing or engaging in some way. As such they're not for everyone - but if one speaks to you, you should own it and enjoy it every day - they do get better with time!
All of my paintings are one of a kind originals and are offered strictly on a first come, first served basis. The piece you intend to purchase may no longer be available even though it may still be presented on a website. In this case you may want to consider another piece or consider custom ordering a painting with similar colors to suit your décor.
All of my paintings are made using archival quality materials (usually acrylic paint on 1.5" deep "gallery wrap" style canvas). They are ready to hang, with or without framing - the edges are painted a solid color. Each painting is signed on the front, and the title, month and year completed are handwritten in pencil on the back. All work is guaranteed against defect.
Paintings are being offered for sale directly online, in brick and mortar galleries, and through art fairs and email marketing. You may try out a painting in your home or workplace for 2 weeks and return it if you don't like it in good condition for a full refund, less shipping costs. Also, customers may schedule a studio visit to view and purchase paintings.
If you are interested in purchasing a painting you see online, please first call the gallery at (1) (228) 234-1610, or email me to check it's availability.
Shipping fine art within the United States has become very reliable and cost effective, with the advent of internet sales. We have never had a shipped painting damaged in transit and we are confident that you will be pleased with your purchase and the condition in which it arrives. Please call me for a shipping quote to your location. International customers must email me before making a purchase for a shipping quote to your location.
Due to variations in individual monitor settings, painting colors and proportions may not show true to life on websites. Also, please refer to actual measurements of painting for size, as any composite room setting photos (when used) may not show the painting true to scale.