Dave uses oil paint with traditional techniques including wet-on-wet and dry-brush blending, scumbling, and glazing. He only uses old-fashioned bristle brushes to create flowing, ethereal effects. Princeton brushes and Gamblin oil paints are some of Dave’s favorites. He also use palette knives for developing textural effect.
These landscapes and seascape paintings are imaginary scenes that he conjures in the studio. His paintings are inspired by his relationships with oceans, forests, grasslands, mountains, deserts, and female form. Dave’s strategy is generally to just start painting, invent and explore as he works, and see where it takes him!
“My boyhood wanderings in the woods and messing about in boats led me to initially pursue professions in biology and oceanography. A more creative side eventually resurfaced, and now all of my attention is focused on art. I explore many environments of the American wilderness as a naturalist and artist, and my paintings express my fascination with these wild places.”