David Tanner

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Still Life with Pewter Pitcher

"Still Life With Pewter Pitcher" was painted from life in my studio. I have north facing windows which provide a cool, clean light, really bringing out the rich colors of the fruit and other objects.


David Tanner is a representational oil painter in Richmond, Virginia. Since
receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration from Virginia
Commonwealth University in 1991, his study of traditional painting technique
includes workshops with modern masters Nelson Shanks in Philadelphia and
Robert Liberace in Washington DC. 

After more than a decade of commissioned oil portraiture, David has focused
on figurative and plein-air painting since 2006. Frequent traveling has
provided rich opportunities for capturing the light and color of locations in
Russia, Italy, Spain, Morocco, and Great Britain. While visiting painting
collections in these countries, David has studied the work of Sargent, Sorolla,
Zorn, Repin, and other late 19th and early 20th century masters.
National awards include fourteen paintings honored in the Portrait Society of
America’s Member’s Only Competition between 2011 & 2022. Between 2018
and 2020, David has been awarded two “Certificate of Excellence” awards and
one “Select 50” award in The Portrait Society's International Portrait

David's Self-Portrait won 1st  prize in American Artist magazine’s annual
competition and was featured on the cover of this respected publication in
September 2012. A five-page interview on his working methods can be found
in the April 2015 issue of PleinAir Magazine. In 2019, the online magazine
Realism Today published his article on creating narratives in figure paintings.
He has also been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art
Collector. In November 2016, David was interviewed for PBS television's
"Virginia Currents"

Juried national exhibitions include Oil Painters of America, Salon
International, Plein-Air Richmond, and Bath County Plein-Air Festival. 
David is an active member of the Portrait Society of America. He taught oil
painting at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond for close to 20 years, and was
elected Master Teacher in 2006.







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