David received a BA degree in Music from Duke University, attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina and Cornell University in Music Composition, and served two years in the Peace Corps in Colombia where he organized and directed a municipal band.  He had a work, “Reflections on a Park Bench” for twelve tubas, performed in Carnegie Hall in 1974.

In addition to painting, David currently teaches painting with a roster of over 60 students,  owns and operates The Picture House Gallery and Frame Shop, and teaches watercolor workshops worldwide including workshops in Sedona, AZ, the Sagamore Camp in the Adirondacks, and Southwestern Ireland in 2015.

David has won numerous awards in national exhibits and has had over 45 works included in numerous National and International juried exhibits.  His paintings have recently been included in:

·         Oklahoma Art Guild’s National Water Media Art Show

·         Philadelphia Watercolor Society International Exhibition of Works on Paper

·         2nd Place Award, 78th Cooperstown Art Association National Juried Art Exhibit

·         Outstanding Landscape, Masters Division, 62nd Annual Central Adirondack Art Show

·         2nd Place, Cortland Community Arts Challenge        

·         Best of Show, Nude Attitude, Peoria Art Guild

·         Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolor


David has also had solo exhibits in more than 20 venues in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and taught plein air workshops in New York and Tennessee.



“A major project of mine over the last few years has been building a small cottage on the edge of a seven acre wildlife pond where my wife Kathie and I now reside.  Many of my paintings have their inspiration from hours of observation and reflection at McCloy Pond.”

“Other major influences on my art are my lifelong fascination with mathematics,  my love of flying, my father who enjoyed drawing and painting throughout his life, and my students.  I know they have taught me more than I could ever teach them.”

“I feel my approach to living has consistently involved an artistic bent, even though it has manifested itself in different outlets. In my mind I have approached music composition, carpentry, gardening, flying, and painting all in the same fashion. They feel to me like facets of one over-riding response to living emphasizing observation, studying and thinking,combined with attention to hands-on craftsmanship. and, above all, an emotional involvement.”