Birds & Art
                        by: David Plank 
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David Plank - Bird Artist

Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art

    I would like to personally extend an invitation to you.

    From August 31st to November 20th, a sizeable number of my watercolor paintings of birds will be on display at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art on the campus of Central Methodist University at Fayette, Missouri.

    The gallery is located on the first floor of Classic Hall at the corner of the Central Methodist University campus on Elm Street. The gallery is open from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and admission is free.

    Opening reception is August 31st, 2014 from `1:30 to 4:30 p.m.. I will be at the gallery during this time.

    While approximately half of the paintings on display were created from 2000 to 2013, the exhibit includes paintings from eight decades. Also there is a display showing the process leading to a finished painting, beginning with pencil drawings executed directly from birds in their natural habitat.

    I look forward to seeing many of you at the reception.


                                                                                                                           David Plank



                                                                                                                                    December, 2013
  Especially during the past twenty years, I have created several paintings which reflect memories of growing up on a small farm in the Missouri Ozarks.  
     Carolina and Bewick's wrens frequented our barn and other farm buildings, and they appear in many of my paintings.
I still have some of the old weathered pans from those days and use them in paintings, along with burlap sacks and other items used on a farm in the 1930's and 40's. 
     Although many of you may not have had a farm experience, I hope the paintings speak to you of kindness and warmth.
                                                                             David Plank


My name is David Plank and I am a professional artist creating watercolor paintings of birds. This is my first venture having a website. I hope you enjoy the paintings displayed and gain some knowledge from what I plan to write.


The Beginning

 (written by David Plank - March 2013)

 I think most of us want to feel that the world is a kinder and better place because we’re here. There are many ways in which we can affect the world around us. Artists, through the visual form of paintings, have a unique opportunity to enhance the lives of those who view their work, or have it in their homes.

From childhood I have had a strong attraction to birds and a compulsion to draw them and create paintings. I’m sure that part of this compulsion is a desire to show others how I see and feel about birds.

          As one grows throughout life our art reflects this growth and changes in thinking as we mature. One thing which has remained a constant in my life is the attraction to birds and the desire to show others how I see them. My paintings have evolved over the years to reflect how I have changed somewhat in how I see birds, nature and life. My work has become more and more subjective and I hope this personal view is meaningful for those who view the paintings.

          I grew up on a small farm in the Missouri Ozarks, and for perhaps 70 of my 78 years I have drawn and painted birds.

          A couple of years after high school I joined the Army for three years, then eleven years as an offset pressman at our local newspaper print shop. I painted some during this time, but felt I should devote my life to art, so I left the printing job in 1973 to become a full-time artist.

          From that point I have created approximately 1,400 paintings and thousands of pencil drawings done directly from birds in their natural habitat.

          In the near future I will write something about how I approach pencil sketching outdoors, as well as something about my technique in creating paintings in watercolor.

          Although I will add new material every couple of weeks or so, this opening statement, and list of credits, will remain.

          I hope you enjoy these featured paintings as well as learn a bit about birds and the process of creating a painting.

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