“The beauty of a still life lies in doing justice to carefully placed objects

About Dave!

I am a painter and writer born in the States, married to Annette and living and working in Bray, County Wicklow, in the Republic of Ireland. This is a particularly beautiful area to live, near forests, mountains and the sea; ideal for landscapes and seascapes. This land and people are also influenced by a strong creative and spiritual presence. It’s a privilege to be practicing my art here.

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My Work

My art practice has been evolving from a mainly figurative approach to drawing, painting and prints (which I still love). For the past few years, I've been working on more Pop Art, political and psychedelic-influenced artworks.

This has been an interesting process, and I think that it has a lot to do with my being able to put more time into my art, since moving into my current studio a few years ago. These influences come from my childhood love of cartoons and classic animation and my adolescence, where I developed a love of underground comix art and psychedelic imagery, via record album and poster art prints.

I am convinced that the more we have a chance to practice our art, not only are our skills and art practice more defined, but there is also a sort of alchemy or chemical reaction that can develop, if we allow it to. Another important element for me currently is the sense of 'play', and a more free and lively exploration of artistic ideas.
An amazing journey!

Mark making has value not only as process, but also as an integral part of the work, including ‘battle scars’

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