Gallery Artists > David Halbach Biography :

David Halbach (b. 1931)  Artworks >>

Organizations* : CAA, NAWA

David Halbach has wanted to be an artist for as long as he can remember. At first, it was for recognition from his parents, then later in junior high school he discovered he had a real talent. He completed his first paintings when he was in sixth grade, and after that he just kept on painting. Since his grades were not good enough to become the doctor or lawyer his mother had hoped he would become, he attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. When he finished art school, and a tour in the Navy, he went to work as an animator for Disney studios working on Lady and the Tramp, then entered into commercial art and advertising, and eventually became an art teacher where he was able to create fine art and refresh his knowledge of the basics. Eventually his wife, Jean and David moved to Arizona and began selling his paintings in more prestigious galleries, which has led to his success as a watercolorist. David researches subjects for his works extensively. He says, "There is a lot of truth in the words 'Paint what you know.' " Living in Arizona was conducive to creating Western scenes which he had loved since he was a child, and he began to carefully investigate the history of the West, horse flesh, and all that was needed to make his work honest and correct. That investigation brought back the many times he had played cowboys and Indians when he was young. According to Halbach, "A child's imagination is an important asset to an artist. It mustn't be lost." Halbach has a special affection for the Hopi Indians, their pueblos and their culture, and that affection plays an important part in his art. He encourages the viewer to use their imagination, always allowing for a little mystery in each image. Source

  • CAA = Cowboy Artists of America
  • NAWA = National Academy of Western Artists
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