Private Commissions and Portraiture
One of David's passions is creating compelling private commissions and portraiture, offering a variety of art styles to suit any space. Browse some of his recent projects to get some insight into how we can bring your vision to life.
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If you are old enough to remember the Three Mile Island Nuclear crisis, then you probably know about Harold Denton. Harold was the Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. When the fear of a meltdown at Three Mile Island arose, President Jimmy Carter sent Mr. Denton to the site as his personal representative. He was a brilliant man who went beyond the mathematics of the potential disaster to conclude that the reactor would not melt down. No one believed him. They feared the consequences of being wrong. Harold believed so strongly in his conclusions, that he towed a camping trailer to the nuclear site and lived in it throughout the crisis. President Carter had a direct telephone line to the White House wired into the trailer to communicate with him. Bottom line? Harold Denton saved nuclear power in this country. Next time you casually flip on a light...think of Harold Denton.
This piece was commissioned by the family of Harold Denton and a copy of the sculpture also resides in the Public Library in Rocky Mount, NC where the Denton family lived for many years.
This was commissioned by the grown versions of these children as a gift for their mother on her 80th birthday. It's the answer to the question, "what do you give to somebody who has everything?'
This fun piece was commissioned by the family of Don Knotts for his 75th birthday. Don was truly a wonderful man, loved by everyone in Hollywood. His 75th birthday was held in a large family gathering at The Magic Kingdom, with the Barney Fife sculpture atop the centerpiece of the dinner table. The family owns two other copies and a copy signed by Don sits in my studio.
Bailey Graham Weathers was one of the greatest men I have ever had the fortune of knowing. He was talented beyond belief. Graham was a husband and a father, not only to his own children, but to several foster children as well. He was a Juilliard trained pianist, a minister and for many years a physician like his father before him. He was also an incredible Smithsonian-collected sculptor and an important mentor to me as a sculptor and a friend. He always welcomed me in his studio, and allowed me to partner with him on several monument installation proposals. He promoted me and helped me secure my first solo art show. When he died, his loving wife, Gail, asked me to sculpt him. It was truly an honor and a privilege to do so and to be able to provide her with a life long copy of that great smile. I keep my own copy of this piece in my studio and, yes, I talk to him on occasion.
This bold piece is over 4 feet tall was featured in the May 2004 issue of Billiards Digest Magazine. It was commissioned by Hall of Fame Pool Champion Allison Fisher, aka, The Duchess of Doom. Allison is a true legend, having begun her career with a world title in Snooker at age 17. To date she has won over 80 national titles and 11 world titles in total. After joining the Women's Pro Billiards Association in 1995, she went on to win over 60 WPBA titles, was Billiards Digest Player of the Year 11 times and Player of the Decade for 1990-2000 and 2000-2010. She was appointed by Queen Elizabeth as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 2022 and at age 55 is still playing in the WPBA and is a distinguished commentator on the Pro Tour as well.
This is the Bergin Six. The grown version of the little guy on the front left commissioned this for their mother's 90th birthday in 2023.