Artist StatementMy paintings narrate personal journeys of solitude within nature. Glimpses of paths through the embracing canopy of trees lead us to construct our own memories of specific and personal places.I sign "Gabriel" in dedication to the lasting impact of my Italian grandfather’s love of nature and forests.
David Bottini, paintings “for Gabriel
Classic Realism with a Romantic Viewpoint
Painting has enthralled me since I was a young student studying with nationally known artists Robert Stanley and Nick Ruggieri. I remained focused on art and design throughout high school, and I studied art at The Rhode Island School of Design, The Maryland Institute, and The Savannah College of Art & Design, where I earned my MFA. I continue to revel in the power of a brushstroke and the transformational impact of making paintings.
My work captures my passion for landscape and atmospheric effect, as inspired by my Italian grandfather, Gabriel. I use the painting signature "Gabriel" as a dedication to the enduring affects of my Italian grandfather on his interest in nature and appreciation of the world around him. My signature appears on the back of each canvas.
My paintings are classic realism and they are honed under a focused studio process and my goal of capturing a specific moment of solitude surrounded in nature aligns with the Romantic tradition. My paintings are grounded in classical realism and enlivened by my interest in merging a post-modern abstract sensibility within my compositions.
I exhibit nationally and am proud to be in collections throughout the United States.
My work as a painter and a freelance designer has involved local shows, workshops, adult classes, teaching at Independent high schools, and community colleges. I continue to teach and enjoy learning with my classes.
I sign my work "Gabriel" in dedication to the lasting effect my Italian grandfather had on my love of nature and forests.