Monday, December 28, 2009

Log Cabin, Highlands NC

Fellow painter Steve Penley, and his manager Brian Fortson have taken me under their wing. An opportunity of a life time! Steve does amazing work, large scale and very collectible. His work is in corporate collections all over the states and he has done portrait work for all kinds of CEO's, etc. etc. His work is very modern and wild, lots of drips and brush strokes... almost like action painting. I would describe his work as a mix between Andy Warhol, Leroy Neiman and Jackson Pollock. He has been a hero of mine since I saw his work as a boy. You can see Steve's work here.

I have worked with his manager, Brian, several times over the past year with various art auction projects. Brian dropped off work for the last event which I had many of my newest pieces. I was very taken aback when told he me," Your s*** got game!" I asked if I could quote him on that. He went to his car to get his Blackberry and took pictures of my stuff and sent them to Steve. He claims that he likes my work and wants to get me established. Thus far, they have stayed true to their word. Steve does a great deal of work with a restaurant in the Highlands, NC called the Log Cabin. This group has agreed to take 15-20 of my pieces for 2 of their restaurants... by MID FEBRUARY. Needless to say, for the next several weeks, I will be posting only large pieces as I concentrate on getting this together. If all goes well up there, next stop: the Atlanta Gallery scene... we shall see.

Like may father told me, "it ain't about the door swinging open for you, it's about being ready when it does."

I can say that I am ready... enjoy!


  1. Congratulations, I love your work and you deserve the break. Thanks for sharing your work through your blog.

  2. Congrats David. I think you are ready for that door. I am really liking these larger paintings.