365 days of established, emerging and one of a kind artists
Friday, July 14, 2017
Day 162: David Morgan
My name is David Morgan, I am an artist born and raised in the sunny state of Arizona. I was introduced into art when I could first remember. Inspired by a family of creative people, I was the youngest of three.Looking up to my father who Ttaught art for 11 yearsI spent my childhooddrawing for hours upon hours. I would draw on sermon pamphlets with my brother every Sunday, makeprojects and test my skills with my dad (mostly trying to prove to him that I was better than him and endlessly draw anything that would catch my fancy. Although I never considered myself an artist as a child because I felt you had to earn it. At the age of 8 I met a professional artist named Bill Ahrendt who was our neighbor at the family cabin. In my mind meetinga professional artist was like meeting a god. My dad and I took a tour of his tudio which was full of the best Art I had ever seen in my life. I was in the presence of a true master, Bill who also goes by William Ahrendt had painting that were two stories high, paintings of jets, paintings of Indians it was overwhelming and I loved it. His studio was full of books and reference material; it was like walking into Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab. saw that Bill would study his subjects before painting them. In some instance she would even track down the family members of his subjects (mostly Native Americans) and interview them just to get more information to aid in those fine details. Bill also painted in an old masters style called “Mische”, which is an extremely meticulous and challenging way to paint involving multiple transparent layers. It wasn’t until this point that I realized you can make a living from selling your art. From there I continued my artistic endeavors all the way through high school and community college. Collecting numerous art show awards and accolades. It wasn’t until I was 26 that I started to branch out and show my art in galleries and anywhere people would let me. Currently I live in Mesa and mostly work in acrylics, although I’m proficient in oil, watercolor, spray paint, pen pencil and Photoshop. My subject matter is constantly changing because I don’t believe in doing the same thing twice. Which is basically suicide for an artist being that artists brand themselves by repeating the same subject matter and style. That approach is great because it helps people associate your work with you. Aiding in promoting and reaching a larger audience while creating a certain ambiance and feel to your art. To me it seems to easy to repeat yourself and thisapproach would only stunt my ability to grow and become better.
I enjoy challenges and testing new ideas. I am currently working on a comic book full of miscellaneous stories including the origins of the Jersey Devil and even a gallery section showcasing local artists. ] plan to have it published before the end of the year. I am always doing commissions and if you are interested in contacting me you can reach me by phone at 602-718-5137, email firstname.lastname@example.org , Facebook Dmorganart or Instagram dmorganart. Thank you for your time and don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t do something. That is just the showing you their own weakness and providing you with an opportunity to make them look stupid.