Originally from the Midwest, David Coolidge attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and studied in Rome, Italy at the Tyler School of Art. He cites his apprenticeship with John Falter, noted cover illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post, as the high point of his art training. For more than 10 years he worked in Old Naples at his Third Street South studio, and more recently he works from his home studio in Park Shore, Florida.
Extensive travel is evident in David’s paintings. “When viewers associate a scene from a painting with a fond memory of a place that they have known, or with thoughts of a place they would like to go, I feel I’ve been successful,” he says. David has a continuing fascination for the colorful, bright images and lush foliage that watercolor creates. He has had more than 50 one-man exhibitions and has been commissioned by numerous corporate clients and private collectors. Most recently his painting of “Mangroves off Dollar Bay” was auctioned by Collier Enterprises to benefit Rookery Bay during the grand opening of the Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club.
Coolidge has also exhibited at Artists of America in Denver and the National Arts for the Parks where he won recognition at the 1994 exhibition in Jackson, Wyoming for his painting “Lookout from Little Round Top,” which received the Purchase Award from the Gettysburg National Military Park. He won the High Winds Medal for the 2008 Traveling Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society.
In addition to being a member of the American Watercolor Society, Coolidge is a member of the National Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. He has been selected to exhibit at the National Academy of Design in New York and is a Signature Member of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the San Diego Watercolor Society, the American Society of Marine Artists, and the Academy of Golf Art.