The Art

"Art is a wholly subjective thing. I can appreciate forms of art that are not my own style, but what I strive for in my own art might be something altogether different...

To me, I feel that it is important to exploit the most unique aspects of the medium that you are currently using. That can have an enormous impact on the final work. When I'm working with oil-based paints, I want to glaze and layer my semitransparent pigments wherever I can, and use the age old technique of sfumato - both to increase the realism of the composition. I can pile the paint up in heavy impasto layers to create a three dimensional surface that can also effect the way light interacts with the textured surface of a painting - altering one's perception of a work. These are some of the techniques that I seek to employ to set my art apart from the alla prima and impressionist style artists that are more common.

Probably what is most readily apparent from the images on my site is the intensity of color that I use. I don't strive for absolute realism in my paintings. To me, if I wanted that, I'd print one of my reference photos (which I often take myself), and sell that. What I look for is intense saturation. A sort of idealized reality."

-David M. Keene

The Artist

David M. KeeneDavid M. Keene grew up in northern Virginia, and often found himself out in the woods with his dogs. He was introduced by his father to the sporting life at an early age. Shooting ducks over the Blackwater near Easton, Md. or catching trout from the Elk river in West Virginia - these activities instilled in David a love for the outdoors, nature, the environment, and his best friends - hunting dogs.

David tried his hand at painting and drawing in middle-school, but never had a chance to return to it until almost a decade later. After countless hours of practicing and reading, David was able to develop his painting skills on his own.

"My decision to paint a particular paiting is largely influenced by my own aesthetic sense." Said David. "If I wouldn't hang it on my wall, then I won't paint it."

David M. Keene currently works in online marketing and development for a range of non-profit and educational clients, and lives near Fredericksburg, VA.

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