Raindance Watercolors


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
(512) 858-7862

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.