Mr. Csont is a nationally recognized illustrator and educator with over twenty years of experience in the visualization of architecture. He holds degrees in Art History and completed his education earning a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1995.
A member of the prestigious American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), David's work has been recognized by juried exhibition in 1989, 1996, 1998, and 2005 through 2010. He has served on the Exectutive Board and Preseident of that organization, and continues to be active in their annual traveling exibition. David is also an adjunct professor at University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work is published by W.W. Norton in The Urban Design Handbook and The Architectural Pattern Book, by Urban Design Associates.
Watercolor has been a passion of David, and is evident in his painting and illustration style. Over 25 years he has developed a colorful, painterly approach, rooted in the tradition of English watercolorists like John Sell Cotman and Cyril Farey. Ever cultivating his technique, he can be seen painting traditional plein air watercolors as he travels the world. When asked about his creative approach to watercolor and plein air painting, David said;
"As an artist my first response is to draw or paint to communicate my ideas. I strive to tell the story through pictures that my words can't easily communicate. The act of painting is a process that involves all of the senses. I immerse myself completely into the subject in order to draw out all of its character and hidden meaning, hoping that if I observe it closely enough I may glimpse the true essence of what makes it special. Sketches and drawings done on-site and in the field really speak to my core artistic values because they are the pure interpretation of my subject. All of my past experiences weave themselves into my work. I have had the benefit of traveling all over the world and witnessing first-hand its natural and man-made beauty. Watercolor is ideally suited for this work because it is flexible, portable, and responsive. I love to develop my sketches from simple contour drawings in pencil to bright and colorful impressions, capable of allowing the viewer to see what I see and feel what I feel."
His yearly schedule includes participation as juried artist in Plein Air Easton, one of the premier traditional painting exhibitions in the country. His work can be seen in national and regional