Classes + Workshops
David N. Kitler is a visual artist, naturalist, and instructor, whose work reminds us to deeply appreciate the beauty of the natural world.
A member of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA), the Artists for Conservation Foundation (AFC), and The Group of Twelve, David is happy to share his techniques through workshops and instructional videos. David often shares his experiences as a professional artist, to assist those students who also plan to market their work.
People are often told to “stop and smell the roses.” As a visual artist, David uses his work to remind us to stop and “look” at the beauty that surrounds us.
When painting, David has two primary objectives: to bring the “wild” within reach of those who have not had the opportunity to experience it for themselves, and to provide a permanent reminder to those who have. David has always been intrigued by nature’s intricate details. As he likes to point out, “God is an amazing designer. The closer you look, the more there is to see…” It is this intricacy, combined with the subtleties of mood and environment, that David attempts to capture in his paintings.
The ideas for David’s paintings are the result of his experiences with his subjects. Some people write their experiences in a journal; David paints them. Because accuracy and integrity in the depiction of wildlife are of primary importance to him, David travels to where his subjects live. His observations go beyond appearance, proportion, light, and colour, to the animal’s behaviour and interactions within its natural habitat. While there, he also gathers as much reference as possible, from actual specimens (fallen feathers, fur, grasses, etc.), to photograph and document. Back in the studio, David will sift through the references he has gathered, re-living the experience, and deciding which story he wants to tell at that time.
David’s students come from all age groups and skill levels. They also work in a variety of media and explore all subject matter, from nature and landscapes, to still life and portraits. Classes have a maximum of 12 students, allowing David to give each one of them a significant amount of individual attention, while fostering an environment where students also learn from each other. David often shares his experiences as a professional artist, to assist those students who also plan to market their work.