David Bottini, for Gabriel...
David Bottini's approach begins in direct observation and is enhanced and developed in the studio using a traditional glazing approach. His work draws from training in classical realism as well as his passion for a post-modern abstract sensibility in composing a viewpoint.
Bottini's creative process employs both sharp optical perception and imagination. David says of his process, "I wander through a woods or along a stream or canal seeking the balanced interplay of light and shadow that pulls me into a composition. I work directly with brush and paint as the only medium that touches the panel. I work from small color studies — first on paper — prior to working through a painting (or iterations of the composition). Over days or sometimes weeks, I build numerous glazes (layers) of paint to describe the environmental effect and pictorial illusion I seek. The multiple glazed layers give the work a characteristic depth and luminosity.
"I strive to make a viewer aware of a fleeting moment of solitude in nature where nature’s quiet and environmental elements create a lasting impression of a specific & personal place and time… the romanced image of a cherished memory.
"I sign my work Gabriel in dedication to the lasting effect my Italian grandfather had on my love of nature and forests."
Bottini lives and works in central Pennsylvania and exhibits in Santa Fe, Washington DC, Lancaster, and Philadelphia. His work is in numerous private collections throughout the United States.