Pacifica Artist Spotlight: Paintings of the Coastside

Painter David Dunn aims to get a bit of the light and color of the seaside, showing his work at his art studio in Pacifica.

I have been painting along the San Mateo County Coastside for about 10 years. The rugged beauty of the coast, the dramatic range of landscape from tide pool to mountain, and the unique light that coastal skies reflect on the water are many of the reasons I moved here. Many artists and musicians have been attracted to the area for similar reasons. 

I have painted in oil since 1985, trying to capture some of the space and atmosphere of this wonderful region and California and beyond. I think landscape painting is a great tradition in American Art. From the early days of the Hudson River School to the outdoor painters of today there are many great American landscapes out there. 

In my own work I simply aim to get a bit of the light and color of the seaside. Morning and evening light over the ocean is a particular favorite. Each new piece is a challenge. If it doesn't feel convincing to the viewer, I'm not satisfied and won't present the painting as finished work.

I want people to come away from the work with a feeling of a unique moment in time, particular weather, or the temperature of the day. My hope is that a few of these paintings can find there way into local homes, brighten up  wall, and remind us of what we love about the Coastside.

I work as a scenic artist painting sets for the San Francisco Ballet and Opera. Years ago I taught painting classes at U.C.S.F. and the Sharon Art Studio. I offer workshops in Plein Air Painting from time to time. A preview of my new work can be seen at here.

David Dunn is showing his work at David Dunn's Art Studio, 835 Serena Drive, Pacifica. Call for an appointment: (650) 557-0408.


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Beatrice Karnes September 06, 2012 at 07:24 AM
Lovely paintings!
Christa Bigue (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 03:11 PM
They are so wonderful! My favorite is the Devil's Slide one with the light cast on the side of the building. David, what size are your paintings typically? And how much do you sell them for?
David Dunn September 14, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Thank you! The paintings in the article are different sizes from 30 x 32 inches to 30 x 36 inches. They sell for between $2000-$5000. There is more information on my website http://www.artistdaviddunn.com/Paintings/ and Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/shop/artistdaviddunn?ref=top_trail I really appreciate hearing from you.
David Dunn December 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
If you happen to be in Half Moon Bay this month, my Devil's Slide painting is showing at the Coastside Land Trust Gallery: http://www.coastsidelandtrust.org/gallery/gallery.html


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