For Colorado artist David Grossmann, painting is a heartfelt means of communication. It’s his way of incorporating beauty, creation, imagination, and memory into his art. At first glance, his muted landscapes seem simple, soft. Look closer, and you see they are teeming with texture, nuance, and subtle commentary.
Grossmann hopes his quiet, evocative paintings inspire viewers to linger and reflect on nature, to observe the beauty around them. “There is so much clamor for attention [in the world] that it’s easy to miss the quiet,” he explains. “I’d like people to pause and observe, look at the textures. I paint in a quiet way to allow space to let people fill in with imagination and insert themselves into the painting, if they want to take the time to do it.”
Autumn Evening Encounters
“For this painting I decided to make the trees and the three deer into flat shapes that are suspended in the textures and glowing colors around them. The lines of the background and the gaze of the deer on the far left expand the scene and add a sense of tension.”
Golden Autumn Wall
“For this composition I wanted to focus on the brightness of the yellow aspen leaves, balancing the simplified design with layers of complex colors and textures. The closely cropped sky and foreground offset the leaves that overflow in a wall of textured gold.”