ABOUT  Dave

I have always loved the challenge of transforming a blank piece of paper into a drawing or painting with meaning and emotional ties to my vision.  The act of creating has been the theme of my life. I was educated at the University of Minnesota in the School of Architecture and Design, a school that stressed DESIGN.  While studying architecture I took art classes, quickly learning there is DESIGN in art as well as architecture.  During my 50 year career as an architect I had to create within the boundaries allowed me by my clients, their budget and Building Codes.  As I earned my living as an architect I continued to paint to enjoy the freedom of making art without the constraints imposed by my profession.

I retired from architecture in 2020 and now concentrate my full time on making and teaching art. My teaching is at the Creative Workshop, part of the  University of Rochester's Memorial Art Gallery. The program runs year -round and offers a wide variety classes including various levels of watercolor and foundational classes.  I am a member of a Co-op gallery in Rochester, NY called Pittsford Fine Art.  my work along with the work of the other members is available on-line via our website -  -https://www.pittsfordfineart.com 

Awards and Honors:
  • 2022 Invited, International Watercolor Society - Varna, Bulgaria - Near St. Peter's

  • 2021 Invited, Red River Watercolor Society National - Italian Streetscape

  • 2021 Merit Award, RAC - Palace of the Marques de Dos Aguas

  • 2021 Second Place Award, Paint Pittsford - Pittsford Town Hall ca. 1921

  • 2021 Merit Award, Genesee Valley Plein Air - The Corner in Webster

  • 2020 Invited Northstar Watercolor National Show - Adirondack Sunrise

  • 2019 Selected Artist, Rochester Music Hall of Fall Event Poster

  • 2018 Invited, Northstar Watercolor National Show - Venice Gondolas

  • 2018 Juror Award, Rochester Art Club - Rionero Vista

  • 2017 Invited, National Watercolor Society - Hudson Valley Home

  • 2017 First Place, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society - Corner Bistro 

  • 2016 Merit Award, Rochester Art Club - Long Shadow

  • 2015 Second Place, Rochester Art Club - Emma's Sunset

Nominations:
  • Signature Member of the Rochester Art Club - one of the oldest art clubs in the U.S. 

  • Signature Member Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society

  • Member of the Genesee Valley Plein Air Painters.

  • 2016 & 2017 Invited Artist for Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition