David Marty

The famous religious painter Carl Bloch was said to have dipped his paintbrush in his heart. As an artist, I relate to that statement because painting for me is a way to turn myself inside out and share what is there on canvas. Sometimes I see things that are so painfully beautiful that I can find no adequate words to describe them. My art has become a spiritual language where I can express myself without speaking. And hopefully those who view my paintings will feel what I am trying to say with no words passing between us. I have found that it is through visual imagery that I can best reveal my passions.

As an artist I am more interested in painting my emotional reaction to a subject than in creating a photorealistic rendering of it; consequently my paintings lean more to impressionism than realism. I tend to work in an abbreviated style where the suggestion is more important than the completed statement, and where the parts or details are sacrificed for the good of the whole. I’ve learned that the less I give away in my paintings, the more people seem to read in them.  To me, there is more poetry in an image when not every detail is spelled out and the viewer is allowed to solve some of the mystery.

I love to capture the abstract patterns of light and shadow in the subject as, paradoxically, I find this creates a more realistic image when viewed from a short distance. I generally paint things that I am close to, both in distance and in feeling. I am not about depicting vast expanses of nature, but rather of close, intimate corners of personal spaces. Any subject is game for my brush as long as it is beautifully lit. In truth, light is always the subject I find most exciting, as anything it touches is enhanced in depth, dimension, vibrance, and beauty. This is the spiritual implication art has for me.

I consider it the greatest of privileges to be an artist–to notice the grandeur in small things around me, to celebrate them on paper or canvas, and to share my passion for life though my artwork. 

My passion is to capture the emotion I feel when I’m out painting and
share those feelings with others. I love to paint outside on location.
Nothing can compare to the joy of being out in nature in all of it beauty
and realize I have been blessed with the opportunity of doing what I love
most. This has taken me to a wide variety of locations throughout the
Northwest and beyond. I am drawn primarily to places which give me
a sense of peace and tranquility – quiet streams, mountain meadows,
secluded beaches. Recently I am painting looser and experimenting
more. I don’t want to create an exact recording but am more interested
in being expressive and creating a feeling or mood. This year past year
I made the leap from graphic design to painting full-time. I’m really
excited about exploring what lies ahead!

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