“The lifestyle of getting up in the morning and doing what I love to do does not happen by waiting for it… It does not take a genius. It takes heart, perseverance, and the fear of having to do something other than painting for a living.” -David Solomon
Born in East Los Angeles in 1943, David Solomon was first exposed to the arts by his uncle who taught him how to paint signs. “He encouraged me to watch how the big billboards were painted in the city around us. I could watch these billboard artists paint everything from new cars to high fashion. That was my first art class.” It was his interests in art and engineering that helped him find his way out of the barrio. “I first studied engineering and geology, then architecture and design.” Following high school, he was drafted during the Vietnam war. After basic training, he was stationed at the Army Exhibit Unit in Washington, D.C. where he was able to further explore the world of art and design.
In his late teens, he left the electronics firm he was working for and enrolled in Art Center College of Design, then located in Los Angeles. After a career as a product and architectural designer, he hung up his t-square & triangle to focus on fine art. He has never regretted that decision. It has led to a full life of travel and painting with fellow artists for over 50 years.
In the late 1960’s, Solomon moved to Laguna Beach where he became immersed in the local arts culture. He was a regular exhibitor at the Festival of Arts for 30 years, and was the first artist ever commissioned to create a painting especially for display in the Pageant of the Masters. David is a signature member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) and participates in their annual events and shows.
- Two time winner, National Watercolor Society
- Collection of National Watercolor Society, cataloged by Smithsonian Institute
- Collection of American Airlines Hall of Fame
- Exhibitor National Academy of Art, New York
- Featured in “Mastering Color and Design in Watercolor”
- Designer for Laguna Beach City Logo
- Who’s Who in Technology Today- 1979
- Who’s Who in the West- 1978
- Who’s Who in American Art- 1977
- Lifetime Teaching Credential, State of California
- B.A. in Industrial Design, Art Center College of Design