David Drummond...

David Drummond has made a name for himself as one of the Southwest’s most recognized watercolorists. He’s a realist who’s in love with the West.

“Painting the western landscape is a compulsion for me. I don’t think I could ever stop,” states David.

 “Art is about communication and beauty. I paint what I love to look at, hoping to bring that same emotion to the viewer” he said.

David was raised in Pennsylvania where for ten years he studied art with Charlotte Wilson. He felt cramped in the East, however and moved to Boulder, Colorado for his graduate studies.

 After receiving his doctorate in physics, Drummond went to work for the Air Force in Albuquerque as a laser optics specialist.

A continuing passion for watercolors prompted Drummond to leave civilian employment with the Air Force in 1986 and paint full time.

That same year he was elected to signature membership in both Watercolor West and the American Watercolor Society after having received the Mary S. Litt medal in 1981 for “Jenny’s Marbles”

He received the Accent on Watercolor Award from the San Diego International Watercolor Exhibition for “Satin Study” in 1987. 

Although David paints many still lifes, dramatic landscapes have become a Drummond specialty. He’s widely recognized for his highly detailed and expressive paintings of Lake Powell.

 “I’ve enjoyed a 20-year love affair with Lake Powell; I feel more at home there than anywhere else on earth.

There are sculptured rock spires and walls here that put any man-made cathedral to shame… It has always astonished me that in an area hosting millions of visitors a year, a half-mile walk in any direction from my boat can bring me to a place of absolute solitude.

 I love the Lake in all its moods, from glassy morning reflections to surf and thundering waterfalls during storms. I only hope that my paintings speak for me.”

During the past 13 years, David has had 12 paintings included in the National Arts for the Parks top 100 show, eight in the Second 100 show, and a painting in the two years of the National Arts for the Parks Mini-Fifty show.

His Arts for the Parks paintings have been made into posters, calendars and postcards, and featured in a special “Arts From the Parks” book. His paintings are owned by many private and public collectors.

Today, after more than 40 years in watercolors, Drummond confidently states that his best is yet to come.

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