David Heath was born in 1950 in Newport News, Virginia. He began his career in commercial art, never doubting, even from earliest childhood, that he would be an artist.
Today, Heath is recognized as one of the most talented landscape artists of our time. Painting in a style unmistakably his own, his works of traditionally derived, contemporary realism present an association of chromatic, compositional, and atmospheric serenity reminiscent of the aesthetic values of an earlier period. Contemporary, with respect to technique, style, and vision, Heath’s paintings still invite comparison with works from the past masters of 19th century American landscape painting. Heath’s profound interest in light and interpretation of atmosphere result in a modern atmospheric luminism, perhaps the most recognizable aspect of his work. For Heath, light imparts a spiritual quality to the landscape.
Much of Heath’s work is characterized by what he terms, “the solitary landscape,” a quiet landscape where figures, structures, or other manmade objects are often absent or play only a minimal role in the overall composition. He feels, “that the untouched landscape best communicates a sense of timelessness and serenity to the viewer, while the presence of man limits the scene to a specific moment in time.” The curve of a path, the bend in a stream, or an opening in the trees invite the viewer to pause for a time in quiet contemplation of what might lie ahead, just out of sight.
David Heath is included in the historic book by Gary Pendleton “100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic” published in 2014. His paintings are in public, private, and corporate collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is a member of the Adirondack Mountain School Painters, Oil Painters of America, and the Salmagundi Club. He is a signature member of The American Society of Marine Artists, and a member of the Blue Ridge Plein Air Painters, the Distinguished Council of Advisors for the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Liberty University.