Dave Turnbaugh Original Oil Paintings

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Dave creates "Pure Realist" images that endeavor to record nature, objects and light as they appear to him -- to capture a moment in time that will never be repeated. His original paintings are oil on hardboard, finished with "Maroger medium" to achieve exceptional clarity and enduring, old-world quality.
"Art is more than my livelihood. It's my passion, the way I capture and celebrate life."

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ORIGINAL - Poole Island Lighthouse -  - BUY IT NOW!
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"Dusk at Poole Island Lighthouse"
Oil on Board
Approx 13" x 24"
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It's late fall and all but the mighty oak have shed their leaves. Nearly all the light has left the sky, leaving hues from pink to magenta to deep purple lingering in the air. It's approaching the time for Poole Island Light to begin its work hours.

ORIGINAL - Skipjacks Over the Oyster Beds -  - BUY IT NOW!
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  "Over the Oyster Beds"
Skipjack Wilma Lee
Oil on Board
Approx 20" x 32"
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"One time, we were circling around some tongers and I was taking pictures. The watermen ... were talking back and forth, kidding each other. Then one of the men on the other boat ... wrote something down on a piece of paper and put it in the bottle. 'Roses are red; violets are blue; I'm working hard; why aren't you?'"

ORIGINAL - Hooded Merganzer Md. 2010 Duck Stamp Winner - Why settle for a print when you can own the original?
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  "Marsh Dweller"
Hooded Merganzer
Md. 2010 Duck Stamp Winner

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Oil on Board - Approx 7 1/2" x 10.5"
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Dave Turnbaugh’s oil painting "Marsh Dweller" won the “Duck Stamp” competition held Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Patuxent Wildlife Art Show held at the National Wildlife Visitors Center in Laurel, Md. Entries are judged for artistic merit, scientific accuracy, and for consideration of stamp design. Dave’s rendering of a Hooded Merganser walking through a marsh setting will be compressed and reproduced in stamp form for use as the 2010-2011 game bird hunting license.

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  "Heading for Shelter"
Skipjack - Sandy Point Lighthouse
Oil on Board
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"Floating Over the Cornstalks"
Canada Geese
in Snow
Oil on board
Approx 18" x 12"

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"Funny things happen with birds when they are landing and taking off. Different patterns. You put a bird here and a bird there, and then you add one more bird - and suddenly they're lined up one way or another. Not good composition. So, I sand the birds off, repainted everything and try a new approach." *

Thanks for dropping by and taking a look at my work. Write to me with any compliments or criticisms.


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Dave Turnbaugh is well-known for his paintings depicting Maryland’s waterfowl, boats of the Chesapeake (especially skipjacks), and Mid-Atlantic landscapes. He is Maryland’s only 5-time winner of the prestigious Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest ("Duck Stamp").  
Statement of Purpose:
I am proud to label myself a "Pure Realist". Pure because nature is pure. And Realist because I attempt to record nature, objects and light as they appear to me. I try to capture a moment in time, a moment that, to me, will never be repeated."


* - Chesapeake Bay Brushstrokes
by Patricia Rybak, ©Chesapeake Bay Magazine [excerpts]

There's a secret to David Turnbaugh's hauntingly beautiful paintings - talent and hard work.

Nothing so stirs the imagination as a Chesapeake Bay skipjack under full sail carving its way through the foam-tipped waves of a turbulent Bay. Add the sunlit image of Thomas Point Light, or the distant tree-lined horizon of Howell Point, and you have the stuff of which David Turnbaugh's oil paintings are made.

Turnbaugh's original works are rendered exclusively from photographs he has taken himself. Consequently he spends a lot of time on Maryland's Eastern Shore, especially Tilghman and Deal Islands, photographing his favorite subjects - waterfowl, skipjacks, and workboats. Sometimes he finds his best shots while out for a sail.

Hundreds of artists have tried to capture the romance of Chesapeake Bay skipjacks, but Turnbaugh's finely drawn, moody renditions of these denizens of the Bay are especially riveting because of the artist's compulsive attention to detail. Working on masonite panel that has been primed with up to 10 coats of gesso and then sanded to a fine finish, his painting surface is slick, but his paintings are not without texture. Be it the prickly blades of grass in a landscape, the downy feathers on the wings of a Canada goose, or the taut hard lines of a sail halyard, Turnbaugh applies texture stroke by meticulous stroke with a very fine sable brush. "You can't buy brushes to do the really fine work. They have to be worn down," says the artist, whose favorite brushes have only a few lonely hairs.

A vital component to Turnbaugh's beautiful finished products is the medium he and many area realists use faithfully; the Maroger Medium. This recipe of linseed oil, powdered lead, and mastic that Turnbaugh "cooks up" in his kitchen was developed by Jacques Maroger, Turnbaugh's teacher at the Maryland Institute [College of Art]. It is purported to be the medium of 17th-century old masters such as Rubens and Rembrandt. The medium is mixed in with the paint to make it spread easier and smoother. If applied in layers, the medium can also help a painting appear luminescent. Turnbaugh feels it helps his paintings achieve a clarity of color. "I just don't think my paintings would look like they do without it," he says.

Dave Turnbaugh is a man who is constantly striving for perfection. But his precise drawing, his painstaking adherence to accuracy, and his super-critical eye take their toll in his yearly production. "Most of my larger paintings take about three months. That's working 8, 10 hours a day, seven days a week. There was one painting," the artist recalls with a grimace, "Mallard Pond, that I spent six months on. It took about two and a half months to finish the background landscape; then I added some mallards." He pauses and shakes his head.

Dave is a realist painter, but his easy-going hackles bristle when someone labels his work photorealistic. "I know some people see it that way," he says, "but I don't. My work just looks more real than some realists' work. My painting is the way I am. The way I see things." Shunning labels, he simply refers to his work as "airy." Some of Turnbaugh's "airy" paintings sell for upwards of [$25,000].

Despite his success as an artist, David Turnbaugh's feet remain planted firmly on the ground. "I'm only as good as my last painting. If I flub on a painting, my confidence is rocked. I don't think about it much though; I try to keep my mind on simple things." He laughs. "My wife can tell you I'm rather simple-minded."

Dave is a member of the Grand Central Art Galleries of New York, and the American Society of Marine Artists. In addition to winning the 1985 [1991, 1996, 2000, and 2004] Maryland Duck Stamp contest[s], he is the recipient of the Maryland Institute Silver Medal Award, and numerous awards from exhibits and juried museum shows. His paintings may be seen at the Annapolis Marine Art Gallery, Ltd., and are in a number of collections, including USF&G and the Rodale Collection of Pennsylvania.

Sitting in the living room of the Turnbaugh home surrounded by the works of this extraordinary artist, one can't help being stirred by the strength and clarity of vision that directed each brushstroke. But a sense of wistful solitude also pervades, a solitude that perhaps symbolizes the aloneness and isolation that are every artist's working companions.

"I'm a very happy person," says the artist. "I like what I do. I like my life. I have no great philosophy, no secrets. If you look at my paintings and ask me how I do it, I say it's all hard work. No short cuts. No secrets. Just hard work."

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We prefer the old-fashioned telephone: (410) 665-1903
Snail-mail: 1833 Deveron Road; Baltimore, Maryland 21234
E-mail: David . Turnbaugh at Maryland Realist . com

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