David Marty delivering paintings for a show at Scott Milo Gallery

How did you get started and then develop your career?
David Marty: I was an art major in college but went into graphic design to be practical. I painted occasionally but a major life event changed all of that. We had two children and were in the process of adopting a little boy from Bulgaria. Right before we went to get him, we found out he had a younger brother at the orphanage. As soon as we said we would take him as well my wife announced she was pregnant. We went from two to five children practically overnight! That was when I really started painting. After the young boys were in bed I would escape to my easel and paint for three to four hours. That was my time of escape and solitude. I am now painting full time.

How did you develop your unique style?
David Marty: My earlier paintings were quite realistic and detailed, gradually became a little looser over time. What made a big difference though was when I started painting plein air. I was forced to be immediate and paint faster because of changing light and conditions. I began hearing that my paintings were much fresher looking and had more energy. I have since tried to carry that over to my studio work as well.

To see more of David’s work, visit:

oil painting of vibrant sunset sky, mixed with soft shades of blue and red, yellows, purple
David Marty, “Evening Sonata,” Puget Sound, Washington, plein air oil, 9 x 12 in
oil painting of watercolor in summer, surrounded by luscious green trees and grass
David Marty, “Running Eagle Falls,” plein air oil, 12 x 9 in, received Plein Air Glacier 2021 Curator’s Choice Award


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