David Sutphen

I was introduced to art early in life. My great grandfather, my aunt, and my uncle were all artists. At the age of seven, I began to paint by numbers and experiment with water colors and oils - teaching myself along the way. In my twenties, I painted occasionally but chose a career in woodworking, home restoration, and design. In 2010 at the age of 55, I revisited my love of painting. Today, my inspiration comes from Maryland’s countryside and the Chesapeake Bay region. While walking our dogs behind our home my eyes opened to the images, light, and seasons in a new and different way; and I realized this must be the way an artist sees life. My work and palette are very simple. Each painting is a new experience. Never knowing what to expect, I’m always nervous when I begin a piece. The advice of an important 19th century American artist settled me – “When you paint, try to put down exactly what you see, whatever else you have to offer will come out anyway”. I continue learning with every new painting.

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