"In Time of Iron Weed "
David Dale studied fine art at the Fort Wayne Art School and Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He taught interior design and professional practices by invitation in the School of Fine Art, Ball State University in Muncie. He served on the Friends of the Gallery Advisory Committee to the Ball State University Art Museum Gallery. Dale is a member of select art organizations and participates in competitive and invitational art exhibits. He also judges art competitions and curates art exhibits and collections.
Dale paints and teaches in his barn studio and outdoors. He and his wife, Cynthia, live on their farm just north of Nashville, Indiana, in scenic Brown County where they garden, raise a few chickens, and entertain grandchildren.
In fine art, mastering the visual elements of form can lead to understanding what is essential to expressing our inner truths, our ultimate intentions. I enjoy painting landscapes and people in oil and pastel. I try to strike a balance between the visual knowledge of the subject and the emotions the subject evokes. Where painting in my studio permits me to control my lighting and have everything at my disposal to plan and make a painting, working outdoors is still my passion. I find it very exciting to take on the subject in ever changing conditions. Each painting brings back memories of the day, including weather, light, colors, smells, and sounds.
To better complement my paintings, I often design and craft my own picture frames. I often use wood species indigenous to where I paint. And when appropriate, I incise, color, and guild flora and fauna details into the frame surface. My signature frames can take as much time to craft as the paintings. I just enjoy doing them.