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Dave Gilsvik

David Gilsvik was initiated into an art career at a young age.  He discovered drawing in his early teens, copying magazine covers and comic books.  When his father pursued a career in writing for outdoor magazines that specialized in hunting and fishing stories, David tagged along enjoying the rugged outdoor scene.  He continued to refine his drawing skills and, eventually, illustrated three of his father’s books.

During his high school years, David was encouraged to draw and paint by Nora Stevens, a devoted teacher who helped found the Midwest Watercolor Society.  Through Stevens, David had the opportunity to study under several guest artists who taught him about layout and design, value and color.  David studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of New Mexico.  He attended Yale University’s prestigious summer art program in Norfolk, Connecticut.  David took courses at the Grand Marais Art Colony for seven summers, studying with Birney Quick, his painting professor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Although David’s academic road led him to painting as a fine art, the practical subject of making a living was never addressed.  He was quite easily swayed into the commercial side of art and began working as a painter for a billboard company.  Seven years later, he started his own business, Gilsvik Signs and Murals, based in Two Harbors.

Now, almost 20 years after returning to the North Shore, David has resumed the fine art of painting and provides the viewer with his own glimpse into nature.

 Artist statement

The world of nature has always been my world of choice.  My method is to simply observe nature and pay attention, both to the nature in front of me and the nature inside of me.  I guess I have some faith that if an idea or image is interesting to me, it is probably interesting to someone else as well.

 

The Draw Game on Sheet B
The Draw Game on Sheet B
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Waiting for Spring
Waiting for Spring
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ORIGINAL - Palisade Head
ORIGINAL - Palisade Head
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Migration
Migration
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Morning Moon
Morning Moon
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The New Day
The New Day
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Devil's Track and Beyond
Devil's Track and Beyond
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Winter Blues
Winter Blues
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Poplar Trees in Paradise
Poplar Trees in Paradise
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Canadian Norways
Canadian Norways
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My Place in the Milky Way
My Place in the Milky Way
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The Next Move
The Next Move
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Fresh Snow
Fresh Snow
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Winter Trail
Winter Trail
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Boundary Waters
Boundary Waters
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River Ski
River Ski
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In Search of Wild Places
In Search of Wild Places
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ORIGINAL - The North Shore, Lake Superior
ORIGINAL - The North Shore, Lake Superior
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Almost Home
Almost Home
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Winter Trail Sunset
Winter Trail Sunset
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Bay of Blue
Bay of Blue
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Roses & Steel
Roses & Steel
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ORIGINAL - Herring Gull
ORIGINAL - Herring Gull
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The North Shore, Lake Superior
The North Shore, Lake Superior
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Autumn Gold
Autumn Gold
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Morning at Dockside
Morning at Dockside
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Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon
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Seagull Summit Sunset
Seagull Summit Sunset
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Autumn Birches
Autumn Birches
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The Old Garden
The Old Garden
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Autumn Simply
Autumn Simply
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Flute Reed River
Flute Reed River
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Skyline
Skyline
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ORIGINAL - Boundary Waters
ORIGINAL - Boundary Waters
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The Paddle Maker's Cabin
The Paddle Maker's Cabin
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Autumn Pines
Autumn Pines
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Magic Cedars
Magic Cedars
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Summer Afternoon
Summer Afternoon
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Palisade Head
Palisade Head
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The Red Cliffs
The Red Cliffs
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Harbor of Ice
Harbor of Ice
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Midlife Portage
Midlife Portage
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Summer Returns
Summer Returns
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Lunch Buddy
Lunch Buddy
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The Summer Place
The Summer Place
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Lemon Lighthouse
Lemon Lighthouse
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Harbor Morning
Harbor Morning
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Herring Gull
Herring Gull
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Sunset Trail
Sunset Trail
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Last Light
Last Light
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The Yellow Rock
The Yellow Rock
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Looking for Lake Trout
Looking for Lake Trout
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City on a Hill
City on a Hill
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Big Lake Sunset
Big Lake Sunset
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The Color of Autumn
The Color of Autumn
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First Day of Summer
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ORIGINAL - Waiting for Spring
ORIGINAL - Waiting for Spring
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Paddling Through Clouds
Paddling Through Clouds
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Ah Wilderness
Ah Wilderness
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If I Can See You...
If I Can See You...
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The Long Paddle
The Long Paddle
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