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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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