Monthly Presenter – February 2018 – David Flitner

David Flitner, Fine Artist

 Oil Painter of Southwestern Landscapes

David Flitner obtained a degree at the University of Arizona and continued his formal training at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.  Still drawn to the beauty of the Southwest, he returned to Arizona to make his home and continue his studies in art and of nature’s landscapes.  He was a founding member of the Arizona Central Backpackers Association and backpacked in Arizona for over 15 years, deepening his appreciation and knowledge of the Arizona outback.

One of David’s Grand Canyon paintings was reproduced on a back cover of the Arizona Highways magazine and later displayed in the special exhibition of “A Backward Glance at Arizona Highways Illustrators” at the Phippen Museum of Western Art (2000).  He was also the featured artist of the University of Arizona Alumni Art Show (2002).

David is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Arizona Plein Air Painters.   He has shown in one-man and multi-artist shows and his artwork has been represented in fine galleries in Scottsdale, Wickenburg, Sedona, Tubac, Monterey, Aspen, Santa Fe, Jackson Hole, and Tucson.  David’s work has been displayed in Phoenix city government and corporate buildings nationally and can be found in private estate collections, including those of Burt Reynolds and Ann Miller.

 David teaches landscape painting classes at the Scottsdale Artists’ School in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of America’s foremost independent art institutions. He is a painter at heart and enjoys engaging with other artists and helping students along their own art paths.  He taught at Jerry’s Artarama Art Store in Tempe, Arizona from 2010 through 2015 and has been a member of the critique team for the Scottsdale Artists League since 2010.   In the last few years, he’s received over 30 invitations from Arizona art leagues to teach, do art demonstrations, judge art shows and lead critiques. He has appreciated and valued all of those opportunities to meet fellow artists and talk about art, his favorite subject.

 Some of David’s accomplishments include:

•   Purchase award, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ (2017)

•   Front cover artist of the Tubac AZ Visitors Guide (2013-2014), with

       an article, “David Flitner, Tubac’s Sky Painter” (Tubac/Southern AZ)

•   Selected to be in the Top 100 of the National “Paint The Parks” Art

       Competition and included in the exhibition’s national tour (2011)

•   Featured artist in the October, 2007 Southwest Living issue of the

       Scottsdale Magazine.  Article: “Love of the Land – David Flitner,”

       and front cover story,  “Art and Soul: Artists of the Southwest”

•   Featured artist in the SkyWest Magazine (Delta/United Airlines,

       2006).  Article:  “Cloud Interpreter,” and inclusion in the

        magazine’s theme story (“Arizona’s Art & Soul”)

•   Selected as an honoree at the Best of Scottsdale Art Show and Gala

       in Scottsdale, Arizona (landscapes), part of the Best of

       Scottsdale ArtWalk, April, 2005)

 For David, his art is his passion and his life’s study.  He’s enjoyed great art discussions with others in some great places:

 •  American Diabetes Association’s Celebrity Art Auction Gala,

       artistically collaborating with Jonathan Elias, ABC News Anchor,

       Phoenix, Arizona  (2004)
•  Tlaquepaque’s “State of the Art” event in Sedona, Arizona (2007),

       Guest artist presentation at Sedona’s Jazz on the Rocks event

•  Sunday Artist Brunch Series at Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn,

       Scottsdale, Arizona.  Featured artist. (2009 and 2010)