Dave Marshall

Dave Marshall smallBorn in Winnipeg in 1975, David grew up in Southern Manitoba riding bicycles, and took up windsurfing later on during his teenage years. He started drawing and painting as a child, an interest he pursued as an adult, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2000. Some time ago, certain life challenges forced him into a seven-year hiatus from his art practice. Having recently re-entered creative environs (the real world), he has of course been forced to re-evaluate pretty much everything. So after reinventing certain elements of his approach, he has happily noted his new work reflects a more mature philosophy of colour and texture. Dave makes a living as a carpenter and enjoys working with wood. He also plays many instruments (occasionally), his favourite being the soprano saxophone, although he really did like playing electric bass, but again, that was some time ago. He is deeply inspired by his young daughter whose inner strength belies her tiny appearance, a quality Dave aspires to reproduce in his paintings.

So after many years, he can now build houses and make sushi, among other things. Sometimes he rides motorcycles, and he always looks forward to spending time with his little daughter, Peyton.


The only true way to see colour is to become colourless yourself, to become empty and also full, wholly neutral yet filled with movement. To see colour is to become a decision, and for anything to occur, there must be an absence to begin with. Our greatest achievements come to us in the aftermaths of total loss, and to belong to our successes our vision must encompass infinity. We must never waver in our concentration on life, yet must remain equally open to unfamiliarity, full of hope yet devoid of expectation.

The most important things to life in our universe are the things we cannot touch. These untouchable things guide us all throughout our lives and all throughout our physical worlds, encouraging us to know or not know all kinds of people, to pursue certain activities over others, to need certain things over others.

One of the most important things in nature is the soul. The soul can have colour, range of motion, direction, strength, attention and organization, texture, gravitational pull and sensitivity, among countless other untouchable features.

When I delete the visual subject from my work, I encourage the multiplicity of the inner eye, the soul.


Dave Marshall, 2014