David Diaz works in oil and pastels and currently lives in Annapolis, Md. He received formal training in the public schools of Western Maryland and Frostburg State University; as well as University of Maryland, Towson and Catholic University.

He is award-winning artist and educator who has taught art in Maryland, in both Allegany and Anne Arundel County, and has worked with students from elementary through middle school, as well as adult education and private lessons. His work is in collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia. David is primarily a plein air painter with a focus on regional subjects and is a member, and Chair of Bd. of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters. He is also President of the board at Maryland Federation of Art, and the chair of exhibitions, and works with installations at Quiet Waters art galleries.

I am almost exclusively a plein air painter. I love the rich assortment of subject matter found in the mid-Atlantic region, from the hills of Western Maryland to the Coastal area with working boats and marsh lands. It is, however, not just the subject I look for, but the play of light across a surface?ike the early morning highlighting boats anchored, and casting soft reflections; or the warm evening light catching just the edge of a building.

It is often the struggle to apply the emotions you initially had when you first viewed a scene, to the canvas, with fleeting light and time. To me, it is not always about finding the exact color of what you are looking at, but, through paint, finding a way to convey what you feel while you are looking.


"Even as a young student I was fascinated with trying to show depth and form with just a pencil. As color was added it became even more of a challenge. Academic study in college shifted my interest somewhat away from the old masters to the Impressionists and their color choices, particularly Renoir, Degas, the earlier Monets, Sisley, Morisot, and the exactness of Caillebotte."

"I also retain a strong affinity for Vermeer and his play of shadow and light, which I try to capture on my canvases. And I think, to this end, you get the brightest light by painting outside in the open air."

"In all of this I find it difficult to label my work as one style or period. I think a more realistic approach for a practicing, evolving, painter is to let the work speak for itself on whatever level, or to whatever emotion the viewer is attracted..."