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Meet The Artist: Dave Arnold

If you have visited The Art Center Gallery and Custom Framing, you have probably met Dave Arnold. Dave, and his lovely wife Jane, own the Art Center and have turned it into a beautiful and exquisite gallery right in the heart of downtown Washington, Missouri. Dave is a graphic artist, and he currently works for the St. Louis Art Museum. However, did you know that he also creates amazing art with watercolors and pencils? Always modest about his work, Dave agreed to do an interview for Re-Discover Washington.

"On My Honor" by Dave Arnold. When you have a talent like this, the best is to go with it and create art. Photo: Dave Arnold.

How long have you been involved in art?

Ever since I was a little kid I’ve had an interest in art. When my older sisters had art projects to do for school, they would always give them to me. I guess I have always been good at it. In the beginning, I was experimenting with sculpting – I used to make whole villages out of clay. When I was in High School I began selling some of my artwork. Back then I was fascinated by the Southwest Indians.  Norman Rockwell has always been an inspiration for my work, but throughout the years I developed a signature style of my own.

"Lemons in Blue Bowl" by Dave Arnold. I am amazed by the detail and the light. Photo: Dave Arnold

What is your favorite media and place to create art?

My favorite media is watercolor pencil. I have tried plein air painting, but I find that the outdoors hides too many distractions. I normally paint in my studio, which is currently at The Art Center.

Dave's studio is located in the far right corner in the Art Center. Stop by and see what he is working on.

What inspires you?

My early work was inspired by the Indians and the Southwest. There was a stage in my life when I wanted to be a portrait artist. Currently I am fascinated by architectural details – right now I am working on an architectural commission piece.

"The Novice" by Dave Arnold. He had his daughter pose for this beautiful portrait. Photo: Dave Arnold.

"Kohmueller House" by Dave Arnold. Currently he is fascinated by architectural detail, which is reflected in his work. Photo: Dave Arnold.

What does your art mean to you?

It’s my creative outlet. When I start a painting, I get lost in it. It’s a great way to detach yourself from the mundane, and to enjoy art for art’s sake. It’s almost like a religious experience.

Dave and Jane at the Art Center. An artist and a woman with an appreciation for art.

You can find Dave at the The Art Center Gallery and Custom Framing, located on 120 West Main Street, Washington, MO. You can reach them at 636.239.5544 or artcenterwashmo@sbcglobal.net Don’t forget to visit their website theartcentergallery.com, and even better, take a stroll downtown and experience the relaxing atmosphere at the gallery for yourself .

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


5 Responses to “Meet The Artist: Dave Arnold”

  1. I love that couple! I’ve known Dave & Jane for a few years and still learned something new. I have never seen any of his art until now; Great article and photo of them!

    Posted by Sarah Lough | March 15, 2012, 5:51 pm
  2. if i could play music the way he paints id be in the new york philharmonic orchestra.god bless jane and dave———–ron reed

    Posted by Ron Reed | May 5, 2015, 8:08 pm

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