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David began the study of painting during high school years in Houston, Texas, and later earned his BFA from the University of Houston before completing his MFA graduate studies at Yale University. Throughout these early years, he began to exhibit regularly and was also invited to be in group shows. He has since had numerous solo exhibitions, and his paintings are featured in corporate and private collections all over the country. He has received two National Endowments for the Arts and many other prestigious awards. He has also contributed photography to the digital oratorio Corpo, Carne e Espírito, which premiered at FIT Festival Belo Horizonte, Brazil.


David has a close affinity for the terrain of the west, especially that of Big Bend, Utah and Arizona. He travels to these areas regularly gathering plein air painting material for future paintings. He usually executes studies in oil or pastel before completing the larger canvases. His refined technique and love for depicting the grandeur and drama that exist in nature have generated works that are both monumental and compelling.


“I would like to thank my parents, friends, teachers, and patrons for the many years of support they have given me. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge Myrtle Caton – my very first teacher, and a fine portrait painter. ​Thanks to Richard Stout who opened my eyes and introduced me to Caspar David Friedrich. Thanks to Deborah Goolsby for friendship and support. And thanks to Harris Gallery, and Harrison Itz, for 20 years of representation. Thank you Johannes Birringer for 30 years of friendship, and for creating this website. Most of all, I would like to thank my old friend and teacher Bill Zaner who told an overly ambitious 16 year old that he did not teach children. Bill I still learn from you.” ~David Caton



1979      BFA, University of Houston, Houston, TX
1982      MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1981       Teaching Asst. to Gretna Campbell
1982      Teaching Asst. to Samia Halaby


1987      National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant
1985      National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant
1980      Ford Foundation Graduate Assistance Grant, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
1979      European Travel Grant, administered through the Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1974      Houston Post Scholastic Award, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston



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