David Heath, born 1950, began his career in commercial art, but having never doubted, even from earliest childhood, that he would be an artist, and with a lifelong love of nature, soon realized, “my preoccupation with nature and my artistic aspirations could never be separated.” After an intensive study of early American landscape painting, he left the security of commercial art in 1972 to begin painting full time.
Influenced by the 19th century Hudson River School artists, especially the later luminist painters, Heath developed his own unique methods and style, building upon past conventions and techniques, to present important new works of contemporary realism – works that celebrate the beauty and magnificence of our American landscape. Heath’s oil paintings, reflecting his reverence for God’s creation, have true meaning, with enduring beauty and significance.
While in the past most of his exhibited works were done in the studio from field sketches and photos, Heath now often exhibits plein-air pieces and small paintings that are field sketches finished in the studio. He also uses his plein-air work as an opportunity to experiment with techniques and approaches he might not try in the studio, finding plein-air painting to be, “a workshop . . . a great learning experience.”
His studio is in Bedford County, Virginia, and presently Heath primarily paints subjects from the Blue Ridge Mountains, lakes, streams, and coastal areas of his native Virginia.
Heath’s works are in public, private, and corporate collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is a member of the Adirondack Mountain School Painters, Oil Painters of America, the Salmagundi Club, a signature member of The American Society of Marine Artists, and a founding member of the Blue Ridge Plein Air Painters and the Distinguished Council of Advisors for the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Liberty University.