A visual artist living in Palm Springs California since 1999, David Farnsworth explains, “My focus in watercolor, pen and ink and illustration has expanded to include ceramic sculpture. I have no formal training as a visual artist, but found it a sanctuary after pursuit of a career as an actor in the 1980's.”

In fact, his painting career began in the Pacific Northwest with gallery exhibits of watercolor paintings in Seattle WA., Portland OR., San Francisco, CA., and, Boise, ID. from 1983-1999. In Palm Springs is work can be seen at Streetbar Artwall Project, Silica Studios, Galerie #4 at Gallerias ,Take 3 Contemporary, ArchAngel Gallery, Desert Art Center, and Local Color Palm Springs.

David's work has been jury selected for Ace Exhibitions at Palm Springs Art Museum in 2010 through 2014, and the Palm Springs City Art commission shows 2005 through 2012, receiving various awards in watercolor painting as well as sculpture. He has been working at Silica Ceramic Studio since summer of 2007, hand building pots, dogs, vessels and elemental busts.”

Say's David, “I love how dimensional work informs my painting and vice-versa. I am blessed to be working in studio with artists who inspire, mentor and share their great wealth of experience  and artistic genius.”

And sharing his spotlight with others, David adds, “I have the joy of friendship and collaboration with Diane Graves of DIDA. Since 1987 I have designed illustrations for her line of copper ornaments and lamps as well as her paper lamps and shades. You can view her beautiful inspired works at www.dianegraves.com.”

David as worked at Streetbar since November 2000 as a bartender, and he became the manager after the fire and rebuild in 2003

“I am grateful for an amazing staff and owner Dick Haskamp for a job that allows me flexibility to pursue my art. There is not a better group of people to work with and I am so fortunate to be in there company. I have the pleasure of coordinating exhibitions of local artists' work for the Streetbar Artwall Project. Beginning in 2003, I have  had the opportunity to curate monthly shows, with the artists donating 20% of sales to the AIDS Assistance program, Palm Springs Animal Shelter and The Center for the LGBT Community of Palm Springs and other charities of the artists choice as well.”

He continues, “The Streetbar chandelier decorations and Ken doll collection you can blame on me. With the opening of a new Gallery next to Streetbar (Local Color, replacing the Coin op laundry) the opportunity to create and curate local artists work and art products for the community is exciting and a daunting challenge all at the same time. I share my life with artist Zane Rhys His work can be seen at Local Color Palm Springs Gallery and www.zanerhysart.com. We have collaborated on many different projects, combining his masterful drawings interpreted in clay and sculptural motif.

David says, “PS I love you because…”  

  1. For your powder fresh air in spring.
  2. Coyotes singing before a night rain.
  3. Midnight Pool floating in August when  water matches  air.
  4. For the meeting place for friends and family
  5. I love you because you are home. 

And he adds…

  • I love the Palm Springs Art Museum, and of course, Streetbar!

 “I paint and sculpt from memory and imagination. It is a map of revelations for me on a personal level,” concludes David. “There is a Divine Spark in the making of a hundred  works of art when  one that informs about life and spirit is revealed.  The process is treasure to be shared.”

David, we thank you for sharing your treasure with us, and for shining the spotlight on your fellow artists as well!


Nicholas Snow

Check out Local Color Palm Springs, 220 E Arenas Rd., and of course, DavidFarnsworthArt.com.