David is a life-long Nebraskan from a ranching family from Newport, NE, and is currently living in Valentine, NE. He was a full-time rancher up until 2012 when he began pursuing art professionally.
David graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a BA in art education.
David is currently exhibiting in several shows in Nebraska, as well as the Phippen Western Art Show in Prescott, AZ, where he received 1st place in the acrylic division in the 2016 show, and in 2017 received 2nd place in drawing, the Oregon Trail Days Art Show in Gering, NE, voted favorite artist in the 2016 show, and the Western Spirit Show in the Old West Museum at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, WY., receiving 1st place in the acrylic division in 2021, as well as the American Plains Artists show held in San Angelo TX in 2016 where he received an award of excellence. In 2017 the show was held in Las Cruces NM, where he received 3rd place. He received the Golden Spur Award at the 2022 American Plains Artists show. He was voted favorite quick draw artist at the Black Hills Stock Show, Western Art show in 2016. David was also awarded best of division, and best of show at the Nebraska State Fair, Fine Arts Dept., in the Oil and Acrylic division, for the third year in a row. He was awarded an All Nebraska Artist medal in 2016 and again in 2022. Additional shows include the Bosque Art Classic show held in Clifton TX, and the Out West Show, held in Great Falls MT. at the Heritage Inn. In 2018 he received the " Best work by a new artist " at the Mountain Oyster club show held in Tucson, AZ.
A signature member of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC), and also NOAPS, the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, he has attended the Artist Ride at Wall, SD, and also joins a group of fellow artists each June, painting en plein air on the Niobrara river in northern Nebraska. He is also a member of Impact Nebraska Artists, a group of nationally recognized artists from around the state of Nebraska. Graphic designs include the logo currently used by the Nebraska Cattlemen's Ball, and logos for the Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Old West Days in Valentine, NE.
Prairie Rose Gallery, Valentine, NE
Noyes Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE
Humdinger Boots, Valentine, NE
Paintings are in several states as well as Paris, France.
"The studio is maintained in my home, where the main medium used is acrylic on canvas. Additional mediums are pen and ink, and conté. Inspiration comes from the lifestyle of the west and old west, as well as still life, and the wonderful Nebraska landscape, people and wildlife. It is a continual pursuit to paint and share these portions of my life with others through my art."