David Francis

October 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Drawing and sketching is something that I have always done. From as early as I can remember, I was happiest with pencils, crayons, and paper at hand. I started my formal art career doing pastel portraits from photographs and then started developing a unique style in my landscape work. I continually strive for more realistic imagery while trying to maintain a “painterly” approach in my work. I have been painting professionally for about twenty-five years. My current style has evolved into a more realistic approach. My work has been described as “impressionistic realism” and although I like that term, I feel a more apt description would be “imagined realism”. I apply small bits of color over a solid tone under painting and allow them to optically mix creating the final image. I try to keep my palette very simple and work with at least three values of each color used.

My most recent work has been an exploration of the still life genre. I feel that still life paintings do not have to be boring, repetitive works of flowers, vases, and such items. I take nontraditional items such as children’s toys, blocks, and bricks, almost anything I can find and use them as subject matter. The more weather-beaten and textured the surface the more I like it.  I feel that I inject a lot of my personality and sense of humor into these pieces, which are new and exciting for me.

In September of 2003, I was elected to Signature Membership with the Pastel Society of America and, in November of 2005 I was invited to become a member of the Guild of Adirondack Artists and in June 2010 I was elected a member of the Oak Room Artists Group. In 2012 I was juried into the International Guild of Realism.

My work has been included in twenty-three national & International pastel exhibitions and have received several awards at these national exhibitions. My most recent accolades are The Salmagundi Club Award and the Savoir Faire/Sennelier Pastel Award given at the Pastel Society of America’s “Enduring Brilliance” National Exhibition.

Contact: David Francis, PSA518-747-684415 Kvale Lane, Hudson Falls, NY www.defrancispastels.com

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