The fine art of David W. Mayer captures the beauty and color of Colorado and West, from the high plains to the Rocky Mountains, and from the Pacific Coast to the desert Southwest. His paintings convey the first-hand experience of the warm light of a prairie morning, the soft, cool colors of blue-shadowed snow, and the brilliant gold of a high country late Autumn day.

David W. Mayer is a longtime member of the Oil Painters of America (OPA), as well as a full “Artist Member” of the California Art Club (CAC) founded in 1909. He is also a past member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP). He is an avid impressionist and plein air landscape painter with an emphasis on portraying the beauty of the Rocky Mountain West as well as the Southwest, California and the West Coast.

David has studied with Scott Christensen, T. Allen Lawson, Kevin MacPherson, and Ted Goerschner as well as through the writings and works of Richard Schmid, Edgar Payne, Joaquin Sorolla and the California Impressionists.

David has won major national awards such as the “Award of Excellence” at the Oil Painters of America (OPA) and Salon International Shows. He has has numerous sold out shows at the C.M. Russell “The Russell” show during March in Montana, tBuffalo Bill Art Show & Sale in Cody, WY., Greeley Stampede Art Show, and other major shows. His work has been featured in Western Art Collector, Art of the West, and Southwest Art magazines.

David’s oil paintings are held in prestigious private collections in Jackson, Wyoming; Aspen and Salida, Colorado; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania as well as Alaska, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and elsewhere throughout the United States and Europe. His work is also in the permanent corporate collections of the Pueblo Bank and Trust in Colorado and the SAS Institute in North Carolina.

“This is one of the more popular tourist scenes in the Grand Teton National Park. However, seldom does one see this exact scene with Mount Moran, the Oxbow waters, and fall aspen trees in the same setting, as only an artist and plein air landscape painter cam “move around” nature’s elements at will, and create an idealistic autumn scene such as this work.

David W. Mayer about "Oxbow Autumn"

“The bright chartreuse colors of lily pads, combined with high country purple mountains and fall gold auto foliage is a scene worthy of an artist’s backcountry trek of many miles.

David W. Mayer about "Fall at Lily Lake"

“The high country’s early morning light of pinks, soft oranges, and purples are a rapidly fleeting moment that will challenge any landscape painter’s ability to compose the scene, mix colors, and capture the momentary beauty.

David W. Mayer about "First Blush in the Wilderness"