Treat yourself to an uplifting and refreshing week spent on your art, with a supportive group of like-minded artists, in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.  You'll laugh, you'll make new friends, you'll be challenged to stretch beyond your comfort zone and grow as a painter. And yes, there will be chocolate!

"Of all the workshops I have taken this was by far one of the most enjoyable. The five days seemed to go by too fast." - David G.


SCOTTSDALE, AZ | Feb 17-21, 2020

scholarships available!


BONITA SPRINGS, FL | March 30 - April 3, 2020

Demo Monday March 30, 3-5 pm $20 open to the public, free to workshop students


NANAIMO, BC | Sept 28 - Oct 2, 2020

    Experimenting, Risk Taking & Growth for All Painting Styles

    Vancouver Island Art Workshops


SCOTTSDALE, AZ | November 16-20, 2020

    Beyond Description: Expressive Painting Through Image Structure

    scholarships available!


BONITA SPRINGS, FL | March 30 - April 2, 2021

    Abstract Painting For Every Artist

    Demo Monday March 29, 3-5 pm $25 open to the public, free to workshop students

    (239) 495-8989

Learning IMAGE STRUCTURE will change how you see, how you paint, and how people respond to your work. It's changed me as an artist, and I'm seeing it help many other artists grow faster than they thought possible.

"Best workshop I've taken in 20 years of workshops."
- D. B.

UNSURE whether my workshops are right for you?  Feel free to email questions:  

Common Questions:

Q:  Can I paint in acrylics or watercolor?  

A:  Yes!  The only restriction, for health reasons, is no pastels.  I wil be painting and demonstrating in oils. (solvent-free! I'll show you how to paint and clean up without destroying brain cells, getting depressed, or developing cancer from paint thinners).

Q:  What if I don't want to paint abstracts?

A:  No problem!  I teach principles of visual communication that apply to any style or genre.

We'll look at master slides by artists like Wyeth, Degas, Rembrandt, Mitchell, Velasquez, Frakenthaler, Sargent, Sorolla, Cassatt, Cezanne, Vermeer, and many others.  This workshop is for every painter. 

Q:  I don't enjoy laughing, good music, or being creatively inspired in a group of like-minded art friends.  Is this the right workshop for me?

A:  Sorry, but no!  This is going to be a fun, upbeat, and energizing week designed to refresh you.


“The strength of the design and composition in these classes has not been equaled or even approached in other classes and workshops I’ve taken.” – G.H.

“The best workshop I’ve ever taken.” – J.K.


Your growth as an artist will accelerate as we study great artists and unlock the universal secrets of image structure.


In this workshop you can paint your way, YOUR voice and vision, but better than ever before.

Mastery of abstract IMAGE STRUCTURE is the key to connecting with your audience in any style and genre.

Come be encouraged, inspired, and energized.

Go home ready to create your best work yet. 


"Thank you so much for the time, energy and love that you put into last week's workshop.
David, you are an exceptional teacher and communicator." - S.R.



PowerPoint presentations, demos, exercises, and games combined with lots of painting time at your easel with personalized, one-on-one coaching -- it's all carefully designed to help you reach your personal goals. 

- How masters in every style created IMAGE STRUCTURE

- How to design a COLOR HARMONY

- How to improve any painting instantly

- How to critique ANY style of painting

- The 3 subjects in every good painting

"This is the richest workshop I have ever taken." - S.B.

Image structure topics include:


Good paintings have good bones--a clear and compelling organization of space.


Paintings that move us distribute light and dark to convey feeling.


Good painters, like musicians, create color harmonies intentionally, resolving tension with unity.


You will not be taught to imitate my painting style.  

Instead, you will be encouraged to explore, take risks, and become the best version of YOU. 

I will help you find your artistic voice, paint with more confidence, and enjoy more success.  

- David

"By far the best workshop I've ever taken." - N.J.

About David:

David graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1988After a decade illustrating for clients like UPS, Wrigley's Gum, T.G.I. Fridays, and Tony's Frozen Pizza, he turned to painting full time in 1998, focusing on plein air landscapes.

Over the years he has painted hundreds of landscapes and still lifes along with commissioned portraits. David is also a children's book author/illustrator, with over 26 children's books published.  (

David relaunched his career in 2014 as an abstract painter, exhibiting with galleries in Boston, Jackson Hole, Scottsdale, Indianapolis, Chicago, and The Hamptons.

He and his wife, Bonnie, have been married 31 years.  They have four adult children and several grandchildren. 

“David you are a great teacher. Your ability to communicate and get your message across to your students is a gift from God. Your dedication and passion shows in your teaching and your work. Thanks for a great workshop!” - C.W.

“Thank you for all the work that has gone into making this such a wonderful experience.”
- C.N.