About the Artist

David Tanner

David Tanner - Biography


David Tanner is a representational oil painter in Richmond, Virginia. Since receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991, his study of traditional painting technique includes workshops with modern masters Nelson Shanks in Philadelphia and Robert Liberace in Washington DC.


After more than a decade of oil portraiture, David has been focusing on figurative and plein-air painting since 2006. Frequent traveling has provided rich opportunities for capturing the light and color of locations in Russia, Italy, Spain, Morocco, and Great Britain. While visiting painting collections in these countries, David has studied the work of Sargent, Sorolla, Zorn, Repin, and other late 19th and early 20th century masters.


David’s paintings have been accepted into national exhibitions including Oil Painters of America and Salon International.  National awards include four paintings honored for the Portrait Society of America’s 2014 & 2011 Member’s Only Competition, as well as honors in competitions hosted by PleinAir MagazineThe Artist’s Magazine, and the Raymar Fine Art Competition.  His Self-Portrait won 1st prize in American Artist magazine’s annual competition and was featured on the cover of this respected publication in September 2012.


In April 2014, David's Painting Phillip Scaggs of Richmond Ballet was featured in the "Classic Moment" back-page feature of Fine Art Connoisseur.  In July 2014, Fine Art Today shared the story of a recent successful solo-exhibition. Also in 2014, the December issue of American Art Collector featured his work in their "Artist Focus" series.  A five-page interview with David on working methods can be found in the April 2015 issue of PleinAir Magazine.


Click to read the following articles:



Learning Through Sharing: David Tanner, Steve Doherty, PleinAir Magazine, April 2015

Expressive Personalities, American Art Collector, December 2014

Composing Success in Oils: David Tanner, Jeffrey Carlson, Fine Art Today, July 2014

Classic Moment,  Peter Trippi, Fine Art Connoisseur, April 2014

Face of a Winner: Self-Portrait Competition Results, Michael Gormley, American Artist, September 2012

Life's Moments Through David's Eyes, Holly Prestidge, Richmond's Times-Dispatch, May 2012

People and Places, American Art Collector, May 2012



Below: David at Crossroads Art Center, May 2012, during his annual solo exhibition.

Bottom: Self-Portrait; featured on  cover of American Artist magazine, Septpember 2012


David is an active member of Oil Painters of America and Portrait Society of America.  In Richmond, his work can be seen at Crossroads Art Center (2016 Staples Mill Road, Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday noon-4) and his Museum District studio (by appointment only).


David teaches oil painting at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, where he was elected Master Teacher in 2006. 

David Tanner - Biography
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