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My name is Dave Martsolf.

My aim is satisfy your needs 100%.  If you have any question at all, please contact me using the contact form, or shoot me an e-mail at, or even call me direct at 1-603-568-0415 from 9 to 5 EST M-S. I am here to help you get exactly what you want from any work in my collection.  I keep adding more work, so if you want to get updates, just get me your e-mail address and I will add you to my contact list.

I have been drawing and painting for over 40 years, since turning away from studies in architecture at MIT, circa 1967-70, to focus on the Fine Arts.  Initially, I was intrigued by surrealism, and applied skills in photorealism to create complex surreal oil canvases with a dark flair (see several examples in the tab, "My Dream World").  In the 1980’s these efforts earned me the Juror’s Prize at the “UNH Revisited” Alumni Show" in 1981, as well as the Sawyer Award for Painting at the 38th Annual New Hampshire Art Association Exhibition at the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, NH in 1985.  My artistic career was more recently awarded the Grand Prize in the Art List’s worldwide on-line Artist of the Month Contest in 2018, and I became a featured artist at Artsy Shark in 2020.

Click here to review my most recent complete CV resume.

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My inspiration has always been the trials and tribulations of our life in a mortal world.  Originally, this inspiration found me deep in the dark depths of outer space.  But, as I grew to love the possibilities of life on this Earth, my viewpoint became ever more hopeful.  Today, I look at life level-headed while maintaining the optimistic viewpoint that gives my art its meaning and unique direction.


My current top-level media is oil on canvas.  However, I use several techniques to achieve my goal of artistic honesty and spirited conversation with the observer.  These include the utilization of skills in photorealistic recreation of a scene for dream and portrait imagery, a more Rembrandtesque use of impasto to create Impressionistic energy in the visual dialog, and the even more free application of palette knife energy to approach the Freudian Id energy that underlies all creative activity.  I also use watercolor, ink, and colored pencil in the development of ideas that might then grow into a more formal treatment with oils.

career highlights

Only the last 3 years' highlights are listed here. Click here for the entire list in my CV.

Artwork of the Year 2020 – One of 15 Finalists –, January 2021 

Chosen for a Collection – “Art and Digitalisation”,, December 2020 

Merit Award, “2020 Artist’s Choice Competition”, Grey Cube Gallery (online) 

November 2020 2nd Place, “Weather Art Competition”, Art Room Gallery (online), 

October 2020 Chosen for a Collection – “Dreams”,, September 2020 Chosen for a Collection – “The White Collection”,, August 2020 

Certificate of Excellence,’s San Diego Contest, October 2019 

1st Prize, “From All Sides”, Arts League of Lowell, MA, 2018 

Certificate of Excellence,’s 26th On-line Art Contest

2018 People’s Choice Award, “Honoring Gaia”, Arts League of Lowell, Lowell, MA, 

2018 Grand Prize, The Art List’s on-line Artist of the Month Contest, 2018

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