Dave Kaphammer

II have been drawing all my life, but my actual art education started as an adult at the Worcester Art Museum, where I studied charcoal drawing. At the insistence of one of my drawing instructors I tried pastels - they grabbed me and never let go.


I seek out inspiration in light and shadow. I am fascinated with warm low afternoon sun that creates drama and magic, gives form, and infuses a scene with emotion. The strength of trees, their blue shadows cast on virgin snow, or their reflections in ponds and creeks, to me are endlessly fascinating.


The mystery of water is another of my favorite subjects – abstract patterns, brilliant specular light, deep darks, soft mysterious reflections. Often, the most magical scenes appear in ordinary little ponds, creeks, or even puddles if one is open to them. 


I have studied with Jeanne Rosier Smith of Sudbury MA, and taken workshops with many accomplished artists. I currently live in Westborough MA.  I have taught weekly classes at Post Road Art Center in Marlborough, and occasional workshops and demos.  


I am a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.  I have achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies.  I am also the president of PPSCC.  I am an active member of the Concord Art Association, the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, the Pastel Society of Connecticut.