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David W M Cassidy

David W M Cassidy


Artist Information

Prince George's County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Art that comes out of the spirit and soul of the artist is far more useful than that which is merely the technical manipulation of substances. African American art can therefore be copied technologically, but it cannot be fully reproduced outside of the womb of soul and psyche of those who have been “gifted” existentially with the call to speak with that artistic voice. African American art is not a mono-vocalization, but the voices of many waters fed by many tributaries of experiences. Empathic/emotional, I like to paint what I can feel. If I don’t feel it, I can’t paint it. I must be moved emotively before I can create artistically. It’s a heart thing, then a head thing, then a hand thing. So, my art is often complex, and I use a technique I call ghosting. You can see more than one image intersecting and bleeding through others. I am now trying to tell a story, send a message through my art. I want you to spend time with my artwork. You have to follow or read between the lines.

Artist Bio

David W. M. Cassidy grew up in Compton and Los Angeles California, Graduated from George Washington (Preparatory) High School in 1973.  He received a B. A. in Urban and Rural Studies, University of California, San Diego, Third College, 1979.  He served in the United States Navy as a Hospitalman, Field Medical Tech, X-Ray Tech, and Emergency Medical Tech. A graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), C.H. Mason Seminary, 1990 graduated with honors and received the Master of Divinity degree.  Rev. Dave was licensed in 1982, and ordained in 1990 by Bishop George Dallas McKinney Jr., Southern California 2nd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, of the Church of God in Christ. 

David W M Cassidy is a published writer, a published artist (The Art of My Life, ).  His medium of choice is oil painting.  He is known for a cubist abstractionist style, the boldness of expression and attention to details of color and composition in his paintings.  

David is married to Rev. Lillian Catherine Smith, Pastor of Cheverly United Methodist Church, Cheverly, MD.    He and Lillian have two sons, David Charles Jasper Smith-Cassidy and Hayward Felton Earl Smith-Cassidy.