“After moving to the West over a decade ago, I have become captivated by the landscape, animals and history that abound here. My artwork is how I engage with this awe-inspiring land. My aim is to capture some of the West’s spirit, strength and grace to share with others.
A lot of my work is about trying to balance opposing forces. Traditional subject matter presented in a modern way; offsetting realistic handling of form with big, loose blocks of values and shapes; balancing realism with abstraction. I love the process of building, tearing down and building back up again to achieve a harmony of lost and found.” David Frederick riley
David has a BFA and MFA in Fine Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award. After working for more than fifteen years as an illustrator and instructor, David now works full time as a gallery artist.
David Riley has been a finalist for the past four years in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon, the Oil Painter’s of America National and Regional Juried Exhibitions and the Springville Art Museum’s Annual Spring Salon. David was in the top 100 finalists in London’s BP Portrait Award in 2017.