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Stratton, David

Owensboro, KY



Since 1995 David Stratton has been a professor of Art at Brescia College in Owensboro, KY where he teaches studio art and design classes as well as website software courses.


Stratton received his BFA degree in graphic design from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has a Masters Degree in drawing and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Illinois State University. Stratton refers to himself as a landscape painter and his vistas are based upon photographs he takes in travels around the country. Often dividing his canvas up into several horizontal sections, he creates multiple panoramas which can represent different points of view from the same landscape, or different places entirely.


Stratton’s use of color is strong and non-naturalistic and his surfaces are built up with a wax painting medium that differs from the traditional encaustics in chemistry and it does not require heat. Stratton enjoys layering transparent colors one over the other to achieve the right balance between the colors and the texture in the work.


Stratton’s work has been featured in over 20 solo exhibitions and he has received the prestigious Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. Stratton also enjoys raising and rescuing Airedale Terriers, Greyhounds and Bearded Collies.


Works by David Stratton can be found at the Heike-Pickett Gallery, Versailles, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, K