I believe that “man is that he might have joy”. I feel grateful to be involved in making the world a little brighter and more joyful in some small way with art. My personal definition of “good” art is art that uplifts, motivates, inspires or teaches. When I see something that affects me in these ways I want to visually record it. I am fascinated with the process of using tangible elements like line, color, value, texture, and shape to create intangible elements like light, mood, feeling or understanding. I am constantly striving to refine my artistic skills in order to do this effectively and creatively.
I never know exactly how each piece of art will look when completed because each stroke dictates the next stroke until the piece is finished. My goal is to capture my impression of a subject in the simplest way possible by recording only the essential elements and leaving out the rest. This discovering and learning is what motivates me to put that next blank canvas onto the easel. It is very gratifying to me when I see that someone else has also been positively affected in some way by something that I have created. It is a privilege to be an artist.
David Koch has loved art ever since he was in grade school but didn’t realize that he could also make a living at it until his second year at Utah State University. Graduating in 1989 with an illustration degree he worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for several companies for the next seven years. David’s passion for fine art started soon after graduation and he started selling his artwork with a local gallery. As the demand grew for his paintings David began to formulate a plan where he could devote more time to painting and in 1996 David quit his full time job and started his own graphic design business with the intent of setting aside more time for painting. Three years later David realized that his business was successful but he had had even less time to paint than before, so with some savings in the bank David decided to take the leap of faith and as of January 1999 David is devoting his full efforts to the fine art that is his passion.
“I enjoy painting various subjects including figures, still lifes and landscapes. I try to capture the intimate aspects in my paintings and make the painting say more than just the objects being painted.” David also strives to say as much as he can about a subject with the fewest brush strokes. “I never cease to be amazed at how a few well placed brush strokes can say so much,” he says.
David, his wife Lori and five children, Thomas, Hannah, Megan, Mitchell and Mallory have a home and studio in Richmond, Utah. “I am very blessed to be doing what I love while enjoying the support and company of my family. I am very excited about the future where there is so much to learn and discover.”