Capturing the dance of light and shadow on the natural waterways, farmlands, mountains and valleys of the Old Dominion is the hallmark of the Art of David W. Zuck. Whether beckoning us to ponder the translucence and reflections of a gently flowing creek or inviting us into a secluded meadow of the Blue Ridge his paintings provide us with a respite from our fast pace of life and mechanized surroundings.

David’s parents cultivated a love for nature and appreciation of fine art in their four offspring and were early champions of the environ-ment . At American University in Washington D.C. he pursued his dream of learning how to depict the natural scenes that he had come to love. The A.U. art faculty, especially Benjamin Summerford, opened to David, the expressive potential of the oil medium. The artist has continued to develop his skill as a painter, mostly on his own, since his 1967 graduation, but he owes special debtof gratitude to Nancy Camden Witt, Virginia’s premier meta-realist, who mentored him for almost two decades before her death in 2009. He gained valuable insight into precise rendering and strong compositional structure from this extraordinary painter.

David’s love of art and nature was shared by a fellow student at AU, Sally DiGiacomo, whom he married soon after graduation. Seeking a rural location that would become the setting for their life’s work, in 1969 David and Sally moved to a fifty acre farm in Chesterfield County Virginia. The property had been David’s mother’s home place and they have continued living here up to the present.

For four decades this artist has studied and painted the mountains, fields, woods and waterways of the commonwealth, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Allegheny Mountains. The majority of his mountain landscapes have, for the past fifteen years, depicted the area surrounding Lowesville in Amherst County, Virginia, where the couple own a cottage. Having a place next to Piney River, a mountain trout stream, has allowed David to indulge the challenge of painting the transparent depths of swiftly flowing water. Also the unpretentious and peaceful ambience which is maintained by long established cattle farming in the area inspires David’s paintings during all seasons of the year.

At present, the beauty of Virginia’s mountains has been competing with the Chesapeake Bay area for the artist’s attention. His most precious childhood memories center on the south shore of Broad Creek in Deltaville where his aunt and uncle owned a small but productive farm. The area was much quieter back in the 50’s when the enchanting qualities of “the Rivah” embedded themselves in David’s heart and mind. From these memories has grown a passionate desire to be able to depict on canvas that sweet ambience of the Rappahannock which so beguiled his childhood. This endeavor has become a real challenge because the same alluring qualities have drawn a crush of development that has destroyed much of the unique beauty which was so enchanting.

Currently, the artist is a member of the Rappahannock Art League, and there is a display of his work at their gallery in Kilmarnock. He has received special recognition at RAL, taking the best in show prize for their big Labor Day show of September 2011. In October 2006 he won best in show at Yates House Gallery in Deltaville. David is also represented by The Art Group Gallery in Mt. Jackson, Virginia.

His work has been received into a number of corporate collections represented in the Richmond area over the last thirty years as well as many prominent private collections both here and in the D.C. metro locale where, David was represented by the Foxhall Gallery N.W. for many years until its closing at the end of 2011. Corporate collections include: Capital One Financial Group, Media General, Bank of America, Philip Morris (Altria), The Richmond Retail Merchant’s Assn., Craigie Inc., The Hotel Roanoke and Roanoke & Botetourt Telephone Co.


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Breaking of the Day

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In the Shadow of Glory

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