(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.