“I know what it is to feel insecure when attending a show, but this year I didn’t because I love the work,” said Slonim. “When looking at a painting, the audience can sense whether the artist is having fun and experimenting or he is creating another cookie-cutter painting.”
The Coors Western Art Exhibit was open in January in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo. More than 35,000 visitors enjoyed the event, offering Slonim a good deal of exposure. An artist he had never met recommended his work to the director of the show in 2011, which has led to his participation in the exhibit for three consecutive years.
“I’ve been showing my paintings out west since 1998,” said Slonim. “One connection led to another and I kept putting the worms where the fish were biting.”
Visions West Galleries, three galleries located in Colorado and Montana, began representing Slonim last year. They stage shows for him, keep some of his pieces on display in the galleries, champion his work and help sell it.
“We focus on contemporary naturalism,” said Nikki Todd, owner and director. “Most of our work is not traditional. David really fits in because he uses nature for inspiration and is terrific at it. He has gone in a very abstract direction and evokes the sense of nature. What I love about David’s paintings is that there is hint of natural world within his work.”
While he is happy about the praise his new avenue of work is bringing, he is even more pleased to fall in love with his occupation all over again.
“I am more excited about painting now than ever,” he said. “I am excited on Monday morning to get up and go to work. That hasn’t happened in a long time. I have more ideas than I have time to paint. I can’t stop the ideas from bursting out of me.”
Spring semester art classes with Slonim begin in March and continue every other week. Designed for adults or highly-motivated teenagers, this course is not for beginners. More information is available at www.davidslonim.com.
For more information about Slonim’s oil paintings, visit davidmichaelslonim.com.