B. David's interest in art began to develop at an early age by watching his father carve and sketch. With encouragement from his parents, he began his study of art as a sophomore in high school. He went on to major in art at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri where he earned an Associate of Arts Degree and then on to Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. In 1976 he graduated there with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He recieved his Masters Degree thorough Arkansas State in May 2013.
In 1978, after teaching for 2 years, he moved to Texas to accept a position as an illustrator of school curriculum for a small publishing company. While working there he began to develop his own artistic style, concentrating mainly on portrait and wildlife paintings. In 1988, B. David again moved to Northwest Arkansas where he continued to work on his artistic style. Being an avid duck hunter at the time, waterfowl soon became the focal point of his paintings. Although he began to enter Conservation Stamp Contests with his paintings, he still felt the need to be doing something more. On a trip to an area mall, he ran across a how-to book on carving duck decoys. He purchased it and began working on his first decoy.
Soon he found that he enjoyed carving more than he did painting. He found that instead of just creating a duck on a flat surface, he was now actually able to put his hands around the duck and feel it as it came alive in his hands. B. David carves primarily from basswood that he purchases from local sawmills and starts the decoy from scratch. After he has completed a carving, he usually paints it with acrylic paints. The decoy is then used for competition or for sale.
B. David has been showing his carvings in competitions around the country for the past 13 years and has won many major awards. In addition to the decoys, he also competes with fish, birds and other wildlife sculptures.
In the last few years B. David carved several decoys for Carry-Lite Decoys, the oldest decoy company in the states. They include a pair of Mallard ducks in the Mother Nature series, and the new full-bodied Canadian and Snow geese decoys. His latest decoys to hit the market for Carry-Lite Decoys are the Peepin' Tom and Pretty Penny turkey decoys. They can be found in Bass Pro, Cabella and Sportsman Warehouse stores, as well as smaller outlets around the country. Currently he has a life-size whitetail deer finished and ready to be marketed and is working on a new pair of turkey decoys for next season.
In 2006, B. David moved to Harrison, AR and accepted a teaching position at Lead Hill High school where he teaches art to students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Also, during this time, he became involved in the Harrison Art League serving as a Board Member, Vice President and as President. He also served as HAL’s Ozark Arts Counsel Board representative, and served as Chairman for the local Rocky Mountain Elk Chapter and Hilary Jones Elk Museum in Jasper, AR.
During his time serving as president of the Harrison Art League, his main goal was to open up the organization to other type of art medias, including 3-dimemtional and Photography. HAL’s 2009 Fall Show accepted 3-D art for the first time and was a very successful show. In the shows first year of including 3-D art, a Black Crappie wood carving by B. David won Best In Show. He then won the show again in 2010 with a pointillism drawing of a African lion.
In 2013, he begins a journey into judging as he will be the Judge for the 2013 North Arkansas Woodcarvers Show in Mountain Home, AR. If you are looking for an art judge that has experience in both 2-D and 3-D art, give him a call.
In addition to all these activities, B. David has been working on his first book, "Stylized Fish Carvings' which he hopes to have on the market in the Spring of 2013.