Save the Date!

Upcoming Solo Show Opens May 15

Exhibit preview blog posted by May 1, 2015


An Icepack & Chinese Takeout, 2015, 24x18, oil on canvas

(available as of May 15)

Russia: St. Petersburg, South Bank of the Moyka,  2015, 28x22, oil on canvas

(available as of May 15)

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 I am a representational oil painter in Richmond, Virginia.

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New or Noteworthy....

Featured Article in PleinAir MagazineApril/May 2015 

(look for link on the About page to read the entire article)


Fit to Be Tied,  2014, 24x18 oil on canvas

Award of Merit,

Portrait Society of America Member Only Competition



The Red Bandana, 2013, 16x12, oil on canvas

"Favorite 15%" BoldBrush Painting Competition, January 2014


Boy With Mandolin (detail) 2013, 30x15, oil on canvas

Finalist, RayMar Fine Art Competition, January 2014



Joe With the Morning Paper2013, 16x24 oil on canvas

Finalist, BoldBrush Painting Competition, August 2013

Joshua's Flowered Shirt

 Featured article in Fine Art Today, July 2014:

"Composing Success in Oils: David Tanner"



Painting Phillip Skaggs of Richmond Ballet

 Featured as the "Classic Moment" in Fine Art Connoisseur April 2014


Grand Prize Winner 

American Artist Magazine Cover Competition 2012

 Featured on cover of American Artist Magazine, September 2012


Awarded Honorable Mention 2nd Placement

Portrait Society of America's Member Only Competition 2012

Self-Portrait Category


 Awarded 2nd Place, Portrait Society of America's Member Only Competition 2012

Finalist, 28th Annual Art Competition, The Artist's Magazine, Portrait/Figure category, 2011


Finalist, Raymar Art 5th Annual Fine Art Competition, 2011 International

"The color in this painting is stunning. The warm and cool tones used in the flesh are radiant..."

-Competition Judge Eileen Corse

Derek: Contemplation in the Studio

Selected as Finalist, Raymar Art 6th Annual Fine Art Competition, April 2012 

 "There is a lot of emotion in this painting. I love the color and how it really speaks about an artist to an artist. It's the never ending thoughtful gaze of artist that really speaks to me because I have been here and you can really get the emotion that David has put into this. I love the composition as well." 

-Competition Judge Tony Pro


Awarded 3rd Merit, Portrait Society of America's Member Only Competition 2012

Selected as Finalist, PleinAir Salon, November/December 2011



Morocco: La Place 

The Marketplace in Marrakech

Judge's Choice Award, 2nd Annual Artists Supporting the Arts Gala, October 23, 2010:

"A wonderfully evocative scene of everyday North African life—of the bustle and color in a contemporary Moroccan bazaar. The artist's handling of color and atmosphere is really masterful, right on the money..." 
-Guest Judge, Jeff Harrison, Chief Curator of American & Contemporary Art

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia. 



By the Fireside

3rd Place, PleinAir Salon, September-October 2011 hosted by PleinAir Magazine

Featured in Spring 2012 issue of PleinAir Magazine

Selected as Finalist, Raymar Art 5th Annual Fine Art Competition, 2011 International:

"The freshness of this painting is striking, with its exciting color and confident brushwork. The angled figure is so well painted that I actually feel the weight of the man relaxing in his chair. Don't miss the angle of the pillow emphasizing this—it is the inclusion of just such a detail that so perfectly defines this moment—the mood, the place, the time." -Competition Judge Kate Palmer


The Laundry Line

2nd Place Award, Portrait Expressions Regional Competition November 2011

(Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and District of Columbia)


Young Man in Straw Hat (Plein-Air Figure)

Honorable Mention, Plein-Air Richmond, June 2012

Judge: Everett Raymond Kinstler

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