David Busch, 1956 - 2013
David Busch died in September while hiking in Big Bend National Park,
a place he dearly loved. A gentle and quiet man, David expressed
himself through painting the natural world around him. His passion for the
Earth and love of nature will live on through the incredible work he has
produced over the past forty years.
David's artwork currently remains
available through his long time partner, Ray Toburen.
P.O. BOX 578
Dripping Springs, Texas 78620
Often considered the most difficult of the painting mediums,
transparent watercolors can be very expressive. The rich, clear
colors, along with the watery nuances that appear, express nature as
David saw it.
Materials are simple: 300-pound paper or archival Frederix
watercolor canvas, a few good brushes and an evolving palette of
watercolors. Japanese Sumi ink and Prismacolor pencils occasionally
contribute subtle shading and sparkle. Because white paint is not
used, the white of the paper has to be preserved, either by the
careful handling of wet and dry areas or the use of masking fluid or
tape. This is more challenging than most imagine.
Original watercolors on canvas eliminate the costly decisions
that matting and framing under glass demands. An added bonus- the
weight and glare of glass are gone, making hanging and enjoying the
subtle beauty and elusive qualities of watercolor much easier than
when framed under glass. His watercolors on canvas were sealed with an
acrylic clear coat with UV blocker to fully protect them.
David's facility in art began at age ten with private lessons in
traditional charcoal, pastels and oils. Succeeded by excellent art
classes in school, his early endeavors culminated with Best of Show
in the Texas School Arts Program. After receiving a B.A. in Botany
(the study of plants), David spent ten years creating and caring for
numerous private and public gardens in Austin before choosing a
career as a watercolor painter.
Quiet and shy by nature, his exuberance for watercolor spoke
for itself in his paintings.