Artist David Kessler
J. Sinclair Photography
David: The Story
David: The Kid - 1960-1979
I was born in 1960 on the same day as John F. Kennedy, Jr. (believe me that is all we had in common!). I grew up in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. I began my art career at about age 4 creating three dimensional objects usually from cardboard and transparent tape. I could always draw well and I was encouraged by a great uncle who purchased for me my first set of colored pencils and my first sketch book - and it was on!
David: College and The Hand Injury - 1979-1985
I developed an interest in architecture in high school and decided I wanted to be an architect. I spent my first year of college at Virginia Tech taking advantage of general course offerings and honing my drawing ability. In 1980 I transferred to the College of Architecture at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte to begin my architectural studies. The following year changed my life forever. I was working on a project in a woodshop and severely injured my right (dominant) hand. At the time no one, including the gifted surgeon who somehow managed to put me back together, knew how I would recover. I missed a month of school and spent a year in physical therapy. Today I have about 75% use of the hand and a hooked pinky finger as a reminder of that day. I went on to get married in 1984 and graduate college with honors in 1985.
David: The Architect - 1985-2013
For the next 28 years I worked as an architect (I am now retired) designing all sorts of building types. It was a fun way to make a living - but another passion was at work building a fire in my heart [...]
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