After receiving a BFA in Advertising Design from Memphis College of Art, I worked as an Art Director for several advertising agencies in Memphis and Little Rock, AR.
In 1987, I began my own Graphic Design company in Collierville, TN. For 30 years, my company provided marketing and design services for various clients from agricultural chemical and seed companies, to the manufacturing and service industry.
After a long and successful career in graphic design, I left the world of logos and layout to follow the unpredictable journey of the brush. Living in iconic southern cities such as New Orleans, LA, Memphis, TN, Little Rock, AR, and Holly Springs, MS, has shaped my style and influences.
Whatever the inspiration, my paintings share one well-defined theme: the striking beauty of contrast. The work presents people, places and objects in settings of chaotic serenity.
"In the late 60's I lived with my mother in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She was a portrait artist on Jackson Square. I began painting while attending high school in New Orleans, and working in a frame shop after school. While working in the frame shop, I got to know many different artists that lived in the French Quarter. That early art environment in such a unique place was a valuable asset to my art career".
David Rawlinson is a member of Memphis Germantown Art League (MGAL), Artistlink, Mid-Southern Watercolorist Tennessee Watercolor Society and has won MGAL Winder Exhibition: 2nd Place, 2019 MGAL Star Artist Exhibition: Best of Show and Honorable Mention, 2020 GCVAA (Gibson County Visual Arts Association): Honorable Mention, 2020 Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (Annual Exhibition): 1st Place, 2021 Mid-South Watercolorist: Dick Blick Award, 2021 MGAL Spring Exhibition Honorable Mention, Cover Artist for Mississippi Poetry Society 2023 Contest Edition and was honored with poetry recited, inspired by his work, at Pacesetter Gallery.
His work Anchored to the Ground will be featured through Pacesetter Gallery in the Design in Mississippi feature in Elle Decor Summer 2024 issue.