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.


National awards include three paintings honored for the Portrait Society of America’s 2011 Member’s Only Competition, as well as honors in other national competitions hosted by PleinAir Magazine, The 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.  


His Painting Phillip Scaggs of Richmond Ballet was the featured painting in the "Classic Moment" back-page feature of Fine Art Connoisseur in April 2014.  In July 2014, Fine Art Today shared the story of a recent successful solo-exhibition.

Click to read the following articles:

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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