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+David McCamant

Reno, NV

"I create beautiful impressions in time for people to experience forever."
David McCamant is a contemporary impressionist painter. His studio is located in the burgeoning West End Arts District in Reno, Nevada. David paints his sky and landscape works as illuminated impressions of his subjects. He is intrigued by the relationship of the quality of light and the objects observed. Both a student of light and instructor of composition, David guides his students in the ancient application of Dynamic Symmetry to infuse their work with the powerful dynamics of the natural world. Always pushing himself forward, David is driven to maintain the abstract nature of painting while still communicating the true sense of place and time. His paintings can be found in the Renown Health permanent collection and private collections in the US, Europe, and Asia.

About, Glorious Expanse: Paintings of the Western Sky

Skies in the high desert of the west are huge and at the same time, close, intimate. They touch infinity at the horizon and just beyond your fingertips above. Here the clouds float in a surprising dome of deep cobalt blue creating the perfect complement to the golden shades of twilight. High above the desert slopes, the winds carve, shape, and transform the familiar into the sublime.

The surreal is an everyday occurrence in this majestic place instilling in all who witness it a sense of awe and wonder. This is not an exaggeration. It is seen by countless people every day in the west. Even without clouds, the sky is still striking, still mesmerizing. It is this that drives my work. To create oil paintings conveying the impression left by such visions is my passion.

Each painting is of a specific location, though Mother Nature is not always cooperative. The most beautiful clouds at the right time of day over the right place are not exactly the easiest to find. So I ask Nature to only give me one right moment at a time. A fantastic cloud formation at the right time of day is enough to be the perfect foundation. Add to this a majestic vista with the light at the perfect angle and you have the beginnings of a painting. I then use my lifelong knowledge of both light and subject to marry them as if Nature herself granted such things. My work is driven by this: to paint this sky, to paint this glorious expanse.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"Working on large-scale oil paintings requires the thorough understanding of what will work big. Composition is key here which is why I employ the ancient system of Dynamic Symmetry. By using the ‘math of life’, I infuse the painting with nature’s own foundational framework. This frees me to create the work knowing that it is as visually compelling as nature herself."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"“The whole intention of my work is to have people become distracted from their busy lives and take a few moments to really look into it. For them to find through that frozen moment…joy, delight, peace and perhaps, a moment of contentment.”
--David McCamant"
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What motivates and inspires you?

"The Sky! Indeed, the desire to express my sense of awe and wonder with paint. Each time I approach my easel I become so excited to once again, translate the ephemeral into brushstrokes on canvas."
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