David Stickel

Nickname: David
Country: United States of America (the) - Role: Artist
FabrianoInAcquarello 2022 Artist

David L. Stickel – Artist Statement  

The concept of 'excellence' challenges me, as it once did the great masters to create representational works through the wonderful medium of watercolor that arrests the heart. It beckons the mind of the viewer into the beauty and creativity of the everyday wonders around us. I especially enjoy creating images that few others would ever consider painting because of their overwhelming complexity. I love the challenges they present and the patience they demand...referring to them affectionately as 'Headaches'!

My parents and teachers observed from a young age my natural ability to draw and paint and always encouraged me to work hard to cultivate this amazing gift from God. I began by drawing portraits of family members and movie stars, because it seemed awesome and uniquely special to capture someone's likeness on paper. Interestingly, some people have difficulty reconciling my 6'9'' size with the incredibly detailed realism of my paintings. In 1982 I graduated with an art degree from UNC-Asheville while attending on a basketball scholarship.

Known for my representational paintings of reflections—especially windows—I love how each, often through mystery, tells its own story—inside as well as outside the window.

I draw inspiration for my compositions from my beloved North Carolina as well as two years in Africa, trips to China, Europe, and throughout the United States (Colorado as well as the Midwest) where I have lived or traveled. However, I heartily agree with Andrew Wyeth, who once commented that there was enough subject matter in his own backyard to paint over several lifetimes.

David L. Stickel, AWS, NWS, SW, WSNCM

''Window Shopping-Carcassonne'', watercolor on Arches 300 lb. Cold-Press paper using Daniel Smith paint and Kolinsky (Rhapsody) brushes

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