I will give a step-by-step overview on how I produce trompe l'oeil painting. As part of the demonstration I will be painting the scotch on to my Trompe l’oeil and give a small demonstration on how I build my backgrounds up.
As a contemporary realist painter I use modern composition aesthetics, but I paint in a classical painting technique. Each of my paintings features an extreme attention to detail, especially with regards to the way light interacts with an object or surface. Painting provides me the opportunity to better understand the relationship of light with varying surfaces, and it helps convey my sense of wonder and intrigue. I recognize the value of craft in my painting and continually work to improve my technique and style. In my most recent work, I juxtapose objects from my youth with contemporary objects to provide a unique vision or viewpoint.
I depend upon the classical traditions of realism tracing back to the Renaissance masters I am especially inspired by Caravaggio and Vermeer. By adding rich, vibrant colors to this traditional structure, I enhance my paintings’ emotional impact. My interest in color is inspired by the paintings of Claudio Bravo and Scott Fraser.
My passion for painting began when I was very young. I took private lessons in high school and got a BFA in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Later as an adult, I went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for painting. I am an active member of Washington, D.C.’s artistic community; my work has been shown at Gallery West, Spectrum Gallery, and Light Street Gallery.
David Jenkins is a self-taught papercutter from Arlington, Virginia. During Dave’s 30-year career with the federal government, he found papercutting to be an artistic outlet after work. Now retired, he continues to find this intricate art form to be relaxing, despite it being compared to “doing brain surgery on paper.” He is a member of the Guild of American Papercutters (GAP) and currently serves as the Treasurer of that organization.
Dave has been selling his work at juried arts and crafts shows (including the annual McLean Holiday Crafts Show) in Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states since 1999. He is a founding member of Arlington's Dominion Hills Fall Craft Show, highlighting local artists. He was awarded the 2012 Bluemont Fair Juried Craft Award, a singular honor recognizing his work. Dave also is a featured artist at Stifel & Capra gallery in Falls Church.
Dave's papercuttings have also been exhibited at various venues, including at the Arlington County Central Library, where his “The Princess and the Pea” is in the permanent collection in the children’s room. In addition, Dave's, "Courtly Love," is part of the permanent collection at the GAP National Museum in Somerset, Pennsylvania, and he currently has another piece on exhibit there.
Dave uses simple materials to create complex images out of paper. He works mainly with silhouette paper, which is black on the front and white on the back; this allows him to draw his original designs—in reverse—on the back. Each piece is hand cut from a single sheet of paper, using an X-Acto knife. Dave occasionally applies his papercuttings to vintage backgrounds, such as antique sheet music, maps, or ledger sheets. He sometimes incorporates other vintage ephemera, such as seeds packets, magazine advertisements, board game piece cards, or postage stamps, into the work. Dave's designs are eclectic and range from more traditional works echoing German scherenschnitte, to humorous contemporary pieces, to elaborate alphabets depicting culinary, floral, musical, or marine subjects. Many of Dave’s cuttings can be seen on his website, davidjenkinspapercuttings.com
During Dave’s demonstration for the McLean Art Society Meeting, he will discuss different papercutting traditions and techniques, show some examples of his work, then demonstrate how to create a papercutting from inception to the finished work of art.