"I always paint when I travel, even if it's only in my head. Perhaps my paintings are simply records of my movements around the small part of this planet I've been fortunate enough to visit. But also, they are records of my movements through ideas. Most of the paintings you get to see are pretty consistent as records of a particular landscape with a sense of place."
"My paintings evoke special memories for me. I could only be lucky if they evoked special memories for you. Perhaps you have traveled to the same place or a similar place. The images in my paintings are taken from trips into Colorado, Utah and Arizona, and New Mexico primarily, but painting as I travel is my way of getting to know a place. For reference I use sketches that help fix the moment in my mind and linger on to be resolved as I continue to develop as an artist and human being. Since so many of us are on the move in these harried times, I hope I might be able to stop you for a moment to linger over the light and colors from places I've visited. Maybe you've been there. If you haven't, maybe you'll want to go."
While working as a guidance counselor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, David was inspired by his students and the Santa Fe arts scene to make art his full time career. Inclusion in the prestigious "Introductions '74" show at the Albuquerque Museum marked his transition as a professional. For several years he focused on watercolor painting and served as president of the New Mexico Watercolor Society. Winning awards at watercolor shows encouraged him to seek venues for his oils, and he found encouragement there also, including three first place awards in oil painting at the New Mexico State Fair. He has been invited to jury and judge local and national shows and enjoys teaching workshops to pass on the education so generously given him by other artists including Milford Zornes, Millard Sheets, George Post, Al Brouillette, and Wilson Hurley.
In 2000, after more than 25 years in New Mexico, David and his family moved to Tucson, AZ where he has added the Sonoran desert to his repertoire. He continues to travel the West and explore new subject matter wherever he finds it.
Here's what others have to say about David...
"Wow! How you inspire me!! I learn somethin' every time - when is your
"David captures the color and light in such a marvelous way that once
you've seen his paintings, you're hooked for life!"
"Rather than being a copyist, Schwindt has carved a quiet niche as an understated but firmly rooted member of the American landscape tradition."
"David, your paintings were clearly my favorite of all the ones they had on exhibit - I'm inspired."
"Your painting, "Cloud Mesa," arrived on Tuesday morning. We opened it in the office; all of us were stunned when the wrappers came off. The moment was very special and very quiet. Gary Tussey, who paints and Jeff Prine, who draws and takes photographs were the first to speak. "Dude - this is awesome!" was Gary's silence breaker. Jeff said, "That's art." Gary lightly touched the rim of a mesa - "I love this light." Veronica Sword, the art director said she saw the clouds move. "Really! Don't look too long - you'll see them move! The light is so real!"
"For a number of years Schwindt's work could be recognized by the way in which he included subtle touches of Indian rug and pot designs in his work: some works were done more explicitly in this style than others."
"During the past 32 years Schwindt has given up the contemporary look to explore light effects and create believable natural structures in his pictorials.... This is a solid show by a rock steady artist."
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