David Curtis is a figurative and ‘plein air’ watercolour and oil painter known for his ability to observe transient light conditions and communicate changing atmospheres in his work.
David’s oil painting, ‘Deep Snow’, will be available as a Christmas card in our Mall Galleries Bookshop. We chose to make it into a card because, for us, it is the essence of winter and implies a seasonal cosiness tinged with nostalgia.
Snow is a symbol of the festive season, and David’s portrayal of snow enveloping the roads, roofs and trees is acutely observed and very moving. He achieves snow’s glittering, subtle changes in tone with a muted palette. He achieves the visualisation of that perfect soft, powdery snow texture - compacting underfoot - with tight brushstrokes and seamless blending of paint. The air is pleasantly crisp and fresh. It is a painting in which the viewer can experience a beautiful snowfall with all five senses.
In an otherwise silent scene, David builds anticipation with a solitary figure, wrapped up warm against the elements, crunching through the foot-deep snow as they slowly approach the viewer. You get the sense that everybody else is happily snowed-in inside, sat around woodburning fires, wearing knitted socks and drinking cocoa together. In other words, the perfect Christmas.