Featured Artist: David Finnell!

The Old Farmhouse by David Finnell 9x12%22 Watercolor

The Old Farmhouse by David Finnell  9×12″ Watercolor

David Finnell. Fabulous watercolors! I think there is a resurgence in the watercolor medium. Watercolor paintings are so wonderful! The light and looseness of the painting above adds so much character. The windows not showing all details, etc., the lines of the house… This is wonderful!

Waterford Post Office by David Finnell

Waterford Post Office by David Finnell 17×12″ Watercolor (Sold)

There are things in paintings that draw me in time after time. A good nocturne, especially one with a good moon and some stars – Whoa! A flag on a house, I love it! A mailbox. A simple mailbox adds so much. I am also drawn to orange. While this painting is not a nocturne with a moon and stars it does have a flag, mailbox and the color orange, ha ha… Just the perfect amount of detail was added to this painting. Really nice, and… sold…

Read a bit about David, from his website: (Had to include the Artist’s Statement – I love it!)

In the late 1980s, David began taking watercolor classes at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. Since then, he has taken workshops with acclaimed watercolorists Tom Lynch, Tony Van Hasselt, Frank Webb, Ron Ranson, Marilynne Bradley, and the late Judi Wagner.

In June of 2015, David won the Quick Draw (non-juried category) at “Easels in Frederick” with his watercolor “Shadows on Church Street. In June 2014, David was one of 30 juried artists to take part in the annual plein-air competition in Frederick, Maryland.  This was his second year with “Easels in Frederick.”  Later in the summer, David painted in the plein-air competition in Alameda, California, where his painting “Crab Cove Close-up,” earned honorable mention.

David’s work appears regularly in regional art shows, including Waterford, Virginia, where his painting “Meandering down Main Street,” took both Best Watercolor and Best Waterford Scene this year.  His previous work earned a yellow ribbon in 2013, Best Civil War Scene in 2011, Honorable Mention in 2009, Best Waterford Scene in 2007, and Best Watercolor in 2006.  

This spring, David’s watercolor “The Hi Neighbor” was selected by the Chamber of Commerce of Strasburg, Virginia, for its official Mayfest print, the second time his work has been so chosen.  

He lives in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife, Marcie, and daughter, Jenny.  He teaches English at Sherando High School in Stephens City.

Artist’s Statement

I am Grandma Moses without the fame. At a late age, I picked up a brush for the first time, wanting to try something new and eager to develop my artistic eye. Drawn to watercolor’s exquisite freshness and at times maddening unpredictability, I spent the next twenty-five years learning my craft.  My watercolors explore in a loose, impressionistic manner the happy collisions between the natural and the man-made – the dilapidated gray barn sinking into the dry weeds, the precision of a red-brick wall against the riot of wisteria, great billowing clouds over hard, thin rooflines. More so now, I paint outdoors.  There’s nothing quite as thrilling of being there with a palette, an easel, a mop brush, and blank paper. Grandma Moses once famously said, “If I hadn’t started painting, I would have raised chickens.” I don’t care for chickens.

All images via DavidFinnellWatercolors.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

I love a good bio and artist’s statement! Love it! Catch you back here tomorrow!

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