Conversations with David
David  Harms

In 1996, when David Harms took up oil painting in a more serious manner, he had no real ambition about art or painting. He just simple felt a strong desire to paint. Mr. Harms began by painting every subject motif that presented itself to him. As a result, he gained a number of commissions. In a short time, Mr. Harms became aware of the fact that if he wanted to become a fine artist, he would need to focus on a specific genre. Mr. Harms began to study and receive artistic critique from the exceptional landscape painter, Michael Lynch.

"Michael was so encouraging, accommodating and genuine to me. I was immediately floored by his paintings and given the fact that he gave me the time and guidance I needed, more than once, speaks volumes about the man himself. He was a colossal inspiration and a giant influence. I credit Michael and the members of the Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) specifically in my development as an artist", says Mr. Harms.

Mr. Harms was now focused, and he was determined. "I want to do that!" So began Mr. Harms' journey as a landscape painter.

In 1999, Mr. Harms was given the opportunity to assist PAPA in the first of three workshops for the prestigious group and has been hooked on Plein Air Painting ever since. Mr. Harms notes, "I love the looser, alla prima, paint from life, style of painting. I don't have the patience to dink and dunk the details."

Another thing that he wants to stress is the fact, that from the outset, he sought strong, frank critique of his work from many of these established and successful artists. "I realize that I have got a long way to go in my development as a serious artist, so I am ready to accept and absorb all that is presented to me about my art. I am a professional actor, musician and painter, so I am familiar with rejection. It is a part of the business in which I am currently employed. You have to have thick skin."

David has been showing his work in fine art galleries since 2001 and in that year he had a painting accepted into the top 100 of the prestigious Arts for the Parks competition in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He was also featured in the February 2004 Southwest Art Magazine’s “Artists to Watch” column.

Mr. Harms has no real philosophy about painting or his technical approach. He simply finds it thrilling, and he gives his all to his art.

"I am extremely excited at the thought that someone has one of my paintings on their wall."

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