Dave Syfert

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Love of the outdoors and wilderness motivates much of Dave’s art and life. His subjects are the beauty and color of special places, and there is always some adventure in his paintings – a rock to climb, a trail or road to follow, a sky with the light of heavy weather, or an abandoned building with its lost history. His paintings seek to bring others along into the adventure.

The luminosity of watercolor fits well with outdoor subjects, and all the necessities can travel in a pack. He makes quick studies in the field, then paints larger, detailed works in the studio. Paintings are often on saturated paper and use natural pigment colors.

A lifelong photographer, Dave began watercolor after retiring from a career in college administration and instruction.He quickly developed his skills through numerous workshops and courses taught by artists Joe Miller, William Jameson, and Mel Stabin, and by artist/naturalist/sculptor George Bumann. A student of Yellowstone history, Dave is very inspired by Thomas Moran’s early watercolors of the park.

Dave lives in Vilas, NC, and is frequently to be found along the Blue Ridge Parkway and High Country trails. (He and his wife are collectors of works by Appalachian regional artists.) Summers, he is a volunteer with the Yellowstone Association Institute at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch in the park.