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ABOUT THE ARTIST:
“Everything I do bounces off nature.” – David Eisenhour
Artist: David Jay Eisenhour
Born: 1959 - Middletown, PA
Resides: Port Hadlock, WA
David was born and raised in rural northern Pennsylvania. It was Ansel Adams magnificent portrayal of nature that started him on his artistic journey when he took up, at the age of twelve, black and white photography. The goal of that journey remains to bring the viewer of his art closer to the natural world.
Through 17 years as an artisan at two fine arts foundries, William Turner Foundry on the east coast and Riverdog Fine Arts Foundry west coast, David had intimate contact with many fine sculptors' works. It was working in foundries that had the greatest influence on his work, both in a technical craftsmanship level and artistically. His experience as a foundry artisan allowed him to push technical boundaries with regard to texture and form.
David's work with William H Turner, as lead artisan from 1984-1992, often included large-scale public sculptures. David managed a number of high profile public projects while at Turner including "Timber Wolves" for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, "Bottle-nosed Dolphins with Loggerhead Turtle" for the Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, Illinois, "Canada Geese", Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois and "Bonefish", for President George Bush, The White House. By working on these types of projects he could witness first hand the impact of this type of work in connecting the public with the natural world.
More recently David's work with Riverdog Fine Arts foundry, as lead artisan from 1992-2003, allowed him to work closely with some of the finest sculptors in the Pacific Northwest on many public art projects and pieces for private collections. In his words, "I think the work of both Phillip McCracken and Hilda Morris gave me greater regard for the textural quality of my surfaces. John Hoover and Gerard Tsutakawa both used space so well in there work that it had an impact on my perception of sculptural space. Clayton James' simplicity of form, Ann Morris and Tom Jays' connections to nature, Larry Andersons adherence to traditional patinas ~ all these artists and more have had an influence on my work during my time at Riverdog Foundry."
In the spring of 2003 David left Riverdog Fine Arts foundry to work full time on his sculpture. His casting work is left to the capable hands of Valley Bronze, in Joseph, Oregon, and Walla Wall Fine Arts foundry, in Walla Walla, Washington. David works out of his studio in Port Hadlock, Washington.