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David's Artist Biography

The fine art of David W. Mayer captures the beauty and color of New Mexico, Colorado and the West, from the pinon-dotted high plains of New Mexico to the Rocky Mountain region, and from the Pacific Coast to the vast desert Southwest. His paintings let you experience first-hand the warm light of a high desert morning, the soft, cool colors of blue-shadowed snow, and the brillian gold of a high country late Autumn day.

David W. Mayer is a multiple award winning member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), a member of the Laguna, California Plein Air Painters (LPAPA) and a member of the California Art Club (CAC). He is also a past charter member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) and the Oil Painters of America (OPA). David is an avid impressionist and plein air landscape painter
David has studied with Scott Christensen, T. Allen Lawson, Kevin MacPherson, and Ted Goerschner as well as through the writings and works of Richard Schmid, Edgar Payne, Joaquin Sorolla and the California Impressionists. While he was an award winning watercolorist who studied with Tony Couch, David has concentrated exclusively on oil painting for the past ten years.
He was an Art Director and Creative Director in print, web, and interactive media and a corporate, high tech, and internet marketing exective prior to painting full time as a professional landscape artist.
David has won major national awards such as the "Award of Excellence" at the annual national exhibition of the Oil Painters of America (OPA) and an award at the Salon International Show. He has has sold out shows at the Arts of Denver Gallery and at the C.M. Russell "The Russell" show during March in Montana and at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in Cody, WY.
He has the honor of being the highest selling artist at the 2010 Greeley Stampede Art Show, and has shown in numerous national miniature shows including the prestigious Settlers West Gallery annual show. David has participated in national plein air events such as the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP) and the 2010 Telluride Plein Air show and sale and has bben featured in Western Art Collector,
Art of the West, and Southwest Art magazines.

David's oil paintings are held in prestigious private collections in Jackson, Wyoming; Aspen and Salida, Colorado; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania as well as Alaska, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and elsewhere throughout the United States and Europe. His work is also in the permanent corporate collections of the Pueblo Bank and Trust in Colorado and the SAS Institute in North Carolina. He has donated paintings for selected charity fundraisers, including charities that provide medical support for the children of Tibet and Project Angel Heart in Denver.


"My thanks to Scott Christensen for helping me to see the color that's really there in nature, and
to Ted Goerschner for helping me to see the color that's missing."

David W. Mayer





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