As a young art student, David Witbeck took himself and Art way too seriously. Having come back to painting relatively late in life Witbeck now understands that few artists have anything earth-shaking to say. In the paraphrased words of the late Edgar Whitney, a respected art educator and watercolorist, an artist is a shape-maker, a symbol-finder and an entertainer. Witbeck still takes his art seriously, but Witbeck's serious intent is to create something that’s well designed and entertaining to look at.
"Having been a photographer for more than three decades, the greatest joy I have as a painter is freedom from “reality”. While subject matter is still important to me, I can bend, twist, stretch, exaggerate and simplify the things I see. I can put things in and leave things out. I can even completely make things up. I can paint how things make me feel instead of simply what they look like." David Witbeck