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David Moreland Bates

 (born 1940)
David Moreland Bates is active/lives in Texas.  David Bates is known for plein-air landscape, portrait and still-life painting.

David Moreland Bates

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Co-founder and signature member of Outdoor Painters Society,  David Moreland Bates was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1940 and grew up in the Houston area. By the time he was in high school  he knew he wanted to become an illustrator and, following two years of college, he was blessed with the opportunity to study at the Art Center School* in Los Angeles (now the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, CA). After two years there he decided to meet his obligation of military service (as well as avoid the draft) and joined the U S Navy, fully intending to return to art school after his tour of duty. But sometimes life gets in the way of plans.
Using the skills he had learned in the Navy, Dave worked as a professional photographer until deciding in 1968 to make another change and study computer programming. He enjoyed a successful career developing business software until the mid-1990's when it was time for one more career change. This time he returned to the making of art.

In 1996 he and Bruce Peil founded the Outdoor Painters Society, a group of plein air painters, and was instrumental in building it into a nationally recognized organization. He is a Signature Member of both the OPS and the Oil Painters of America* and his work has appeared in Southwest Art Magazine.
Of his work Dave says, "Expressing oneself through art is a continually evolving process. When I began painting again, my main interest was in faithfully reproducing the beauty of nature. Later I focused on trying to reproduce and share with the viewer the effect on me of nature's subtle and changing moods. Lately I have been thinking about how to share those same feelings with less emphasis on recognizable shapes and more attention to color and value, using a minimum of shape clues. Of course, this has resulted in paintings ranging from fairly representational to very abstract, much different from my earlier work.  Only time will tell where this will lead, but I hope it produces interesting and beautiful paintings that express my emotions in ways that others can share."

"'David Moreland Bates," Outdoor Painters Society, Web, Jun. 20`117

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David Moreland Bates studied at the Art Center College of Design in the 1960s and intended to pursue a career in illustration and fine art. Service in the Navy and work as a photographer and computer programmer kept him from his goal.

In the 1990s he began taking workshops with Kevin Macpherson, John Encinias, Scott Christensen and Matt Smith. Today Bates is a member of the Oil Painters of America and co-founder of the Outdoor Painter Society.

Source: Southwest Art, August 2005

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About  David Moreland Bates

Born:  1940 - Dallas, Texas
Known for:  plein-air landscape, portrait and still-life painting