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Artist David Zuck


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Biography


David William Zuck was born March 27, 1944 at Evansville, Indiana. His parents, Robert Karl and Florence Lidia McEnally Zuck moved shortly therafter to Madison, New Jersey where they cooperatively founded the Botany Department at Drew University in 1945. Both of his parents had a deep love of things natural and were environmentalists before the term was coined.They were instrumental in saving the Great Swamp of north central New Jersey from becoming a huge jet port for New York City and preserving it as a park. David's parents fostered a special appreciation of nature in their children at an early age, often taking them on field trips along with their students from Drew. So, in spite of living, as a child, in a bedroom town to the "Big Apple" David was always yearning for the sweetness of more bucolic surroundings. In the days of his youth there were still beautiful and accessible areas within hiking distance of his house and he spent many an hour fishing and musing at "Silver Lake," a man made impoundment with a beautiful rock dam, or following streams as far as he could through the woods while examining minutely the creatures living therein.
The artist's father was an accomplished pastel painter and would sometimes take the family on excursions where he practiced his craft. Thus David was taught the value of art as an expression of love for creation in its natural state. Although he was encouraged to appreciate art by his parents, it was not until his second year at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania that David discovered an affinity for oil painting. This school offered only one studio course in this or any other medium and it was taught by a non faculty member in the evening. The teacher was amazed at how quickly [...]

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