Derek: Contemplation in the Studio has received 3rd Merit Award in the 2012 Portrait Society of America's Member's Only Competition in the Non-Commissioned Portrait Category.
Finalist, 6th Annual Raymar Art Competion, March 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
Finalist, PleinAir Salon, November/December 2011
Competition Judges Ned Mueller and Kim Lordier
Finalist in August 2011 Bold Brush Painting Competition, August 2011
Competition Judge Trent Gudmundsen
This 2010 painting, although a portrait/figurative piece of a friend and fellow painter, is largely autobiographical. While the figure may not be me, I wanted to illustrate the experience of evaluating one's art, those moments between brush strokes when you step back, and with a critical eye, evaluate the previous moment's brush strokes. This contemplation, to me, is equally as important as the actual act of painting. I posed my model in my studio over the course of several afternoons, surrounded by paintings and objects I live with in my workspace.