|Tah-Dah! The Grand Finale © Dave Francis|
Bio: Dave Francis, from Hudson Falls, New York is a self-taught artist who started his art career doing pastel portraits from photographs before progressing to landscape work. He has been painting professionally for about twenty-five years. Dave states that he continually strives for more realistic imagery while trying to maintain a "painterly" approach in his work.
In September of 2003, he was elected to Signature Membership with the Pastel Society of America and, in November of 2005 he was invited to become a member of the Guild of Adirondack Artists. In 2014 he was designated Master Pastellist in the Pastel Society of America.
Dave’s work has been included in nine national pastel exhibitions and has received numerous awards. His work was featured in the February 2016 Pastel Journal in a piece called Worlds of Whimsy, together with Kari Tirrell and Kathy Hildebrandt.
Subjects: Still Life. “My most recent work has been an exploration of the still life genre. I feel that still life paintings do not have to be boring, repetitive works of flowers, vases, and such items. I take nontraditional items such as children's toys, blocks, bricks, almost anything I can find and use them as subject matter. I feel that I inject a lot of my personality and sense of humor into these pieces, which are new and exciting for me.”
Style: Whimsical realism. “My current style has evolved into an impressionistic approach. My work has been described as "impressionistic realism" and although I like that term, I feel a more apt description would be "imagined realism". I apply small bits of color over a solid tone under painting and allow them to optically mix creating the final image. I try to keep my palette very simple and work with at least three values of each color used.”
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Gallery: Still Life ; Miniature pastels ; Landscapes ; Fantasy Art ; Pen and Ink Work; Drawings.
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