Artist Statement

David Fleming Biography

Like most people in the arts, I have been doing it in one form or another all my life. After graduation from San Jose State University with a B.S. in industrial design, I went to work for Ford in Detroit as a car stylist, my most notable success being the rear-end of the '69 Mustang. After two years I returned to California to work for Lockheed as an off-road vehicle designer. I spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany, working for Porsche, designing cars, helicopters, and an odd assortment of transportation devices. Returning to the USA, I put in a few more years at Lockheed and in 1974 decided to return to school to study painting. Two years later I left industry to devote myself to teaching and painting.

I have participated in the Santa Cruz County Open Studios yearly since 1996, and have also had numerous shows at Cabrillo College Gallery, Monterey Pacific College Gallery, the Pacific Grove Art Center, Santa Cruz County Government Building, Santa Cruz Art League, Smith Gallery at UC Santa Cruz, Thornton Tomasetti in San Francisco, and the Stone Gallery in Oakland. In addition, I have shown works at Pajaro Valley Arts Council Gallery, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Blitzer Gallery, Triton Museum, Blue Line Arts/Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition, Sanchez Art Center, Berkeley Art Center, and Pacific Art League. I've been fortunate to win many awards for my paintings. I taught art and design at San Jose State University for 35 years before retiring.

I find the process of design and the process of painting to be very similar; you are solving aesthetic problems in both cases. With painting, the problems are mainly subject, composition, and color.

I generally start a painting with a few things in mind but soon the painting takes on a direction of its own and is filled with surprises—that's the fun of it.

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