About David Garrison, PSA

Born in Jacksonville, Illinois but has lived in many areas such as California, Colorado, the Southwest and Chicago, Illinois. He now resides in Burlington, Iowa and Normandie, France.

Artist Statement

“I believe that a painting is not just an illusion in two dimensions, but it is also a moment in life, captured on canvas. Painting is a language varying in mood and atmosphere that reflects the diversities of life itself. I enjoy the challenges of various subject matters, so my approach to the painting process is to involve the viewer with those subjects as much as possible; not only through those choices, but also through how I elect to portray those subjects. Allowing the viewer to interpret and finish parts of the painting is more interesting than if the painting is totally spelled out for them. I want the viewer to see the use of the medium, the end of the brush stroke, the spontaneity, the freshness of a new painting.

If I can give the viewer an impression of the atmosphere, a sense of light and deep shadows, if I can just open their eyes to the simple beauty around us, then I have accomplished a great deal!” – David Garrison

Professional Organizations and Activities

  • Member of Les Pastellistes de France 2010
  • Signature member of the Pastel Society of America, New York, NY
  • Hudson Valley Art Association, New York, NY
  • American Artist Professional League, New York, NY
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, since 1986

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
  • Graduate of the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Illinois (four years)
  • Additional study in Anatomy with Bill Parks of the American Academy

Exhibitions

  • 2014 – Conte Design Gallery, Ligonier, PA (Jan thru April)
  • 2014 – Northeast National Pastel Exhibit, Old Forge, NY (2 pastels accepted, “Child’s Play” Won the Award)
  • 2014 – Societe’ de Pastellistes International Exhibitions, at Ville de Feytiat, France. Summer & Fall exhibit season. Six paintings of mine will be on display.
  • 2014 – Two person exhibit with Cecile Houel at the Art Center, Hannibal, MO
  • 2014 – University of Iowa exhibit, the month of February. They selected 2 paintings for their permanent collection.
  • 2013 – Northeast National Pastel Exhibit, Old Forge, NY.
  • 2013 – Pastel Society of America Exhibit, New York, NY
  • 2013 – Societe’ de Pastellistes International Exhibitions (their 2 main exhibits) at Ville de Feytiat, France. Summer & Fall exhibit season.
  • 2012 – Guest of Honor at the Renault International Art Exhibition, Paris, France.
  • 2012 – Societe’ de Pastellistes International Exhibitions (3 with this society) in France.
  • 2011 – The Old Vic art gallery two person exhibit with Cecile Houel, in Alburtis, PA
  • 2011 – Societe’ de Pastellistes International exhibition in Ville de Feytiat, France (Summer Exhibition)
  • 2011 – Figge Museum, Davenport, IA – two person exhibition (January)
  • 2010 – Societe’ de Pastellistes International exhibition in Ville de Feytiat, France
  • 2008 – Pastel Society of the West Coast, Sacramento, CA (Andrew Marlo Award)
  • 2008 – Pastel Society of America exhibition, New York, NY
  • 2008 – Two person exhibition with Cecile Houel at the Bridges Gallery, St Charles, IL
  • 2008 – Guest of Honor at the International annual exhibition: Art du Pastel en France, Giverny, France