David Welch Studio #4 8301 4th Street NW #11
The inspiration for my painting comes from the rhythms of nature, from the color and light of the natural world. Much of my work explores the extraordinary light and landscape of New Mexico. In oil paintings and plein air watercolors I address both grand expanses of land and sky, as well as the more intimate, domestic spaces of farms and gardens.
Among my frequent subjects are the farmers of Albuquerque’s North Valley and the gardeners at Monet’s Giverny. I am interested in the gardener at work, the figure as a part of the landscape, man in harmony with nature. The gardeners’ labors are cyclical and meditative, suggesting care and constancy, as well as reverence for the land. An ardent naturalist, I often travel to the tropics, recording my observations in habitat studies and bird paintings. I live in the village of Los Ranchos, where I share a studio with my wife, artist Cynthia Wister.