David McGuire Biography
“When I grow up I want to be an artist or veterinarian or vice versa.”
This was a statement made in a letter written when I was in first grade with a small drawing of a whale in the margin. Even though I have a strong love of animals, creating art is what I was always meant to do. While growing up in Clarion, Pennsylvania, I drew every chance I could. Upon entering high school I was urged to give up art as a career. Continually inspired by things around me, however, I had a need to bring these ideas to life in a way I couldn’t ignore. Towards the end of high school, I took a chance on a basic art class and found the encouragement I needed to pursue a degree in fine art. College opened my eyes to the possibilities of artistic styles and I began finding my voice. After a while, I noticed a pattern of sharp contrast and hard edges appearing in much of my art; whether it was ceramics, sculpture, drawing, or painting. In my later years of college, the color in my artwork intensified and the subject matter became increasingly abstract – elements that would carry me into my career. Upon graduating in 1992 with my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and certification to teach, I moved to Frederick, Maryland. I was fortunate enough to sell my artwork consistently for a few years and decided to open my own gallery in 1997. Over 13 years later, I am still running a successful business and living my artistic dreams.
Currently, my artwork has a wide range of subject matter; from 3D and abstract to traditional landscapes and architecture. Whatever ideas are dominating my life at the moment find their way onto the canvas. Most pieces are very colorful, light-hearted and sometimes take on my signature “quilted” appearance which has been highly requested in commissioned work.
Although my daughter feels I still need to grow up, I’m enjoying the choice I made to become an artist…and not a veterinarian.