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MODERN WESTERN AND WILDLIFE ARTIST

"After moving to the West over a decade ago, I have become captivated by the landscape, animals and history that abound here. My artwork is how I engage with this awe-inspiring land. My aim is to capture some of the West's spirit, strength and grace to share with others."

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I paint with oils on canvas.  My typical process involves building the painting with the large shapes and general values and colors. I keep my edges soft at this point and focus on creating big brush strokes and interesting mark making.  After I’ve blocked in the painting, I then use mineral spirits to distress the paint, dripping and splattering it on the canvas.  Once the painting is dry, I will go back in for details, hard edges and redefining.  The outcome is a balance of abstraction and rendered details that creates a dreamy, ethereal feel.

David Frederick Riley is a renowned Wildlife, Western, and Portrait Painter whose art is a blend of traditional subjects with modern presentation, merging realistic form with abstract elements. His work is collected both nationally and internationally. Riley is represented by top galleries across the Western and Southwestern United States and in New Zealand. Hosting 6 to 9 solo shows annually, he is one of the leading Wildlife and Western painters. Riley resides in Midway, Utah with his wife and fellow artist, Nealy May Riley, and their two children.

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About DFR 

David Frederick Riley is a renowned Wildlife, Western, and Portrait Painter whose art is a blend of traditional subjects with modern presentation, merging realistic form with abstract elements. His work is collected both nationally and internationally. Riley is represented by top galleries across the Western and Southwestern United States and in New Zealand. Hosting 6 to 9 solo shows annually, he is one of the leading Wildlife and Western painters. Riley resides in Midway, Utah with his wife and fellow artist, Nealy May Riley, and their two children.

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