- David Cleveland
from "A History of American Tonalism."
My work as a visual artist has mostly expressed itself in my relationship to Nature and the land on which I live. Witnessing the land in all its seasons and its many moods supplies much of the inspiration for my paintings and photographs.
It's important for my landscapes to express not only my emotional connection to the land but to hopefully instill in others the peace and serenity that I experience in Nature–and now more than ever–the urgent necessity for active stewardship of our land and water.
While my photographs are almost exclusively made on or within just a few miles of my homestead, my paintings are more often composites of scenes I've observed, or in many cases, landscapes I would like to wander through.
In addition to landscape photography, I have begun to explore documentary photography as a way to address current issues. I am particularly interested in the "power of the portrait" as a way to call attention to marginalized populations and to combat the growing voices of division and exclusion.
My current project, "Face to Face: Portraits from the Precipice" seeks to explore and celebrate diversity while hopefully serving as an antidote to the rising tide of hate and bigotry.
Please see the "Current Exhibitions" tab for additional information.
As always, thank you so much for your interest and support!
It is always an honor to learn that someone has connected in a personal way with my work.
Please contact me via email and I will be happy to provide additional contact information and a payment (PayPal/Credit Card) link. I'm also happy to provide additional photos of any painting in which you may be interested.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your painting or photograph, you will have fourteen (14) days to return it for a full refund. Thank you for your support!
I'm very pleased to announce that my landscape paintings are available at the Hamilton Center for the Arts in Hamilton, NY. Hamilton is home to Colgate University and is a great little upstate town with lots of arts and culture, nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. If you are located in the central NY area, please stop by and help support our local artists.