About the Artist
David Pearce, Artist (Wood worker, Sculptor, Photographer, Painter)
David grew up in Newport News and graduated from Warwick High School in 1961. Afterwards, he attended both Virginia Tech where he obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering and UVA where he took a Ph. D. in Biomedical Engineering. After spending 29 years in Mississippi conducting medical research, writing computer programs, working as a consulting engineer, and working at a rehabilitation hospital, he and his wife Linda returned to Blacksburg for retirement. Along the way, David has taken many photographs, turned many different items, sculpted, penned historic locations, and traveled to over 60 countries.
David has been turning wood for over 15 years. He is an exhibiting member of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association and a member of the Blue Ridge Woodturners. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues in the Roanoke-Blacksburg area.
He turns many different types of wood projects but specializes in thin-wall vases which are then decorated with cutouts using a high-speed dental drill, woodburing, and airbrushed color designs. He is an accomplished photographer and many of his bowl designs are the result of his photographs applied to the wood vase. He has been creating memorable photographic images for over 50 years. All work is done using the latest digital technology to provide customers with the best results technically possible. As an artist, David specializes in pen and ink drawings often from his photography and wood or clay sculpture and paintings. His work can be found on his website, davidpearcephotography.com He enjoys capturing the beauty of nature no matter whether it is a large vista or the smallest flower.
There is beauty in nature and the world all around us. Incorporating a beautiful image from nature into a turned vase is both a challenge and an opportunity to share. A special joy is the challenge of converting a photograph into a finely detailed visual presentation in wood and color.