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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, Ireland and Barcelona.


Allied Artists of America
Cortland Art League
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Signature Member
Philadelphia Watercolor Society
New York Plein Air Painters, associate member
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic
Cultural Council of Cortland County, Board of Directors
      Mary and Richard Brothers Award,  Green Mountain National Watercolor Exhibition, 2017
      Lifetime Achievement Award for a Visual Artist, awarded by the Cultural Council of Cortland County, 2017
      2nd Place, Cortland Community Arts Challenge, 2017  
      1st Place in watercolor, Best of Show, Cortland Art League Annual Exhibit, 2017
      Al Benjamin and Barbara Nestor Award. Green Mountain National Watercolor exhibit, 2016
      Outstanding Portrait, Masters Division, 65th  Annual Central Adirondack Art Show, 2016
      1st, 2nd Place, People’s Choice Award, Cortland Community Arts Challenge, 2016
      Outstanding Portrait, Masters Division, 64th Annual Central Adirondack Art Show, 2015
      People’s Choice Award, Cortland Community Arts Challenge, 2015
      3rd Place Award, Fine Arts Division, NY State Fair, 2014  
      1st Place Award, Cortland Community Arts Challenge, 2014
      2nd Place Award, 78th Cooperstown Art Association National Juried Art Exhibit, 2013
      Outstanding Landscape, Masters Division, 62nd Annual Central Adirondack Art Show, 2013
      2nd Place, Cortland Community Arts Challenge, 2012        
      Best of Show, Nude Attitude, Peoria Art Guild, 2013
      Many awards in watercolor and drawing, 1996-2015,Cortland Art League annual membership exhibits
      Honorable Mention, Fine Arts Division, NY State Fair, 2011
      First Place Award, Fine Arts Division, NY State Fair, 2006
      3rd Place Award, H2O Color online juried exhibit, 2006
      Steve McKray Memorial Award, 2005, National Watercolor Oklahoma Exhibit 2005
      Mary Garrison Memorial Prize for Watercolor, 2004, 13th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition, The Cooperstown Art Association
      1st Prize in Watercolor, 2004, Groton Art Show, NY, Art Exhibit
Regional, National and International Juried Exhibitions
             Northeast Watercolor Society National Exhibition, 2017
             Green Mountain Watercolor Juried Exhibit,   2013-2017
             65th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, 2015
             Adirondack National Watercolor Exhibition,2014 
             Oklahoma Art Guild’s National Watermedia Art Show, 2013
             Philadelphia Watercolor Society International Exhibition of Works on Paper, 2012
             "Exposed:  The Nude Self" exhibit, Shoe Factory Arts Co-op, Rochester, NY, 011
             Night Visions IV Exhibit, Flagstaff, AZ, 2011
             Northeast Watercolor Exhibit, 2011
Community Arts Challenge, 2010-2017
Au Naturel International Exhibit, Astoria, Oregon, 2010
NY State Fair Exhibits, 2006-2008, 2011, 2014, 2017
Watercolor USA National Watercolor Exhibit, 2007
Rhode Island National Watercolor Exhibit, 2006
The American Juried Art Salon (online), 2006, 2 exhibits
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, International Juried Exhibition, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012
Allied Artists of America, NYC National Juried Exhibit, November, 2004
Paint Out in the Bethlehem Steel Mills, 2004
Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission and Palette Club of Bethlehem, 2004
Finger Lakes Exhibit at the University of Rochester Memorial Museum. 2004, 2015
Cooperstown Art Association, 2004, 2013
Memphis Art Show on the River National Juried Competition, 1999
Palette Club of Bethlehem, 1997
Selected Solo Exhibits, last 10 years    
              Beard Gallery, exhibit of portraits, January 2016     
              Chemung Canal Trust Co. Lobby, Ithaca, NY,  2015
              Walden Place, Cortland, NY, 2014
Cortland YWCA, February, 2013
Collegetown Bagels, Ithaca First Friday, 2012
J.R. Dill Winery, East Shore, Senca Lake, NY, 2012
Collegetown Bagels, East Hill, Ithaca, 2012
Retrospcetive exhibit, Cortland Free Library, 2012
Beard Building Gallery,Cortland, NY 2010
Marcellus Free Library, Marcellus, NY, in December 2009
Fabio's Restaurant, Cortland, NY, 2008
Delavan Art Gallery, Syracuse, December 2007
Previous Exhibit Locations
Collegetown Bagels, Ithaca, NY
Groton Public Library, Groton, NY
Homer Free Library, Homer, NY
Peck's Furniture, Cortland, NY
Cortland Free Library, Cortland, NY
Alliance Bank, Cortland , NY
Blue Frog Coffee House, Cortland, NY
Alternatives Federal Credit Union Lobby, Ithaca, NY
Pinstriped Pokadots Galleries, Cortland , NY
              Brush Creek Artists residency, Saratoga, WY, 2016
               Individual Artist Grant, $2,500 from NY St Council on the Arts to paint a portrait series of Bridges for Kids Program, 2016
               Individual Artist Grant, $1,000 from NY St Council on the Arts to teach plein air workshop series, 2016
Teaching Experience
              One-week workshop at Chateau Mer, Maine, 2017
              Two-week workshop at Cow House Studios, Ireland, 2017     
              Two-week Workshop in Barcelona, Spain, 2016
              Two Road Scholar workshops at Shawnee on the Delaware, PA, 2016
              One-week workshop in the Low Country near Savannah Ga, Spring 2016     
              One-week Plein Air Workshop in Sedona, AZ, 2015
              Two-week Watercolor Workshop, “Painting the Wild Atlantic,” in Ireland, 2014
              Three-day workshop “Plein Air on the Finger Lakes” on Skaneateles Lake, 2014
              Three-dayWatercolor Workshops, Centerville TN and Cortland NY, 2013-2014
              Weekly watercolor class sponsored by the The Picture House, 2009-2017
              Watercolor Instructor, Groton Painting Class, 2006-2017
 Plein Air 4-day workshop jointly taught with Emily Gibbons. 2011
 2010 Plein workshop series funded by the New York State Council on the Arts Indiviual Artist Grant, 2010
 One day Workshop Instructor, " Time Management for Artists," Cortland,  NY, 2006
 Watercolor Classes at the Center for the Arts in Homer, NY, 2006
 Weekly Watercolor classes at The Picture House, 2000-2008
 Watercolor class at Cortland BOCES, 1999-2001
 Five part lecture series on 19th and 20th Century American Watercolorists at the Blue Frog Coffeehouse, 1999
 Watercolor Classes at SUNY Cortland Center for Lifelong Learning, 1996-1998
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