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Asheville, NC

I am a contemporary landscape painter working out of a studio in the River Arts District of Asheville North Carolina. I moved to Asheville in 2014 after spending two years in Ireland on an art residency at the Burren College of Art. My current work is focused on the rural area surrounding Asheville, and the unique light and texture found there. My paintings are creative interpretations of nature that straddle the divide between abstraction and realism as can be seen is a painting like Foothill Abstraction. I work in both acrylic and oil paints on either canvas, wood panels or paper and tend to use an enhanced and vibrant palette. I try to keep my brushwork as loose as possible without letting the image dissolve into chaos, which involves a kind of give and take approach to finding resolution in the painting. This visual dance is what keeps me engaged with the process of painting, even after 25 years of dedicated practice.

David Skinner was born in Los Angeles and discovered art in high school. He received his BFA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his MFA from Western Carolina University. Besides making a living from the sales of his art David also teaches summer painting workshops in Italy and Ireland, as well as teaching art classes at Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina University. He is married with two young boys.

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