Artist David Finnell

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David has been painting in watercolor for thirty years.  He enjoys the challenge, fun, and camaraderie of plein air events. 
As a juried or invited artist, he has taken part in The Lighthouse Plein Air Festival in Jupiter, FL; Plein Air Richmond in Richmond, VA; Easels in Frederick in Frederick, MD; Mountain Maryland in Cumberland, MD; The Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival in Wallkill, NY; Frank Bette Plein Air Paintout in Alameda, CA; The Floyd Biennial Plein Air Festival in Floyd, VA; Paint Lexington in Lexington, VA; Tidelands Plein Air in Tappahannock, VA; and, most recently, Plein Air Brandywine Valley in Wilmington, Delaware.  He has been juried into the Harford Plein Air Festival, 2020.
David grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA.  He taught English at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and, after retiring from the military, taught high school English in both Fairfax County, VA, and Frederick County, VA. David retired from teaching three years ago and now paints full time.  He and his family live in Charlottesville, VA.
Artist’s Statement

My watercolors explore in a loose, impressionistic manner the happy collisions between the natural and the man-made – the dilapidated gray barn sinking into the dry weeds, the precision of a red-brick wall against the riot of wisteria, great billowing clouds over hard rooflines. More so now, I paint outdoors.  There’s nothing quite as thrilling of being there with a palette, an easel, a mop brush, and blank paper. Grandma Moses once famously said, “If I hadn’t started painting, I would have raised chickens.” I don’t care for chickens.

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