Across Penn Cove painting
Across Penn Cove, 14x18", oil on panel, private collection

About Me

I started painting using watercolor and tempera as a child and still like watercolor for travel studies. I currently paint in oil and acrylic on site and in studio. My work often is about the places where man and the landscape coincide. Dwellings, structures and other man-made objects feature prominently. A marine or foothills backdrop sets the stage. My palette is primarily the modern transparent colors produced by Gamblin that I prefer for their intensity and luminosity.

Mitch Albala stated in his blog: "David Ridgway's 'Across Penn Cove' is much more a celebration of bold shapes, patterns and colors than it is a depiction of 'place'. Penn Cove and beyond is nothing more than a vehicle for the painter's personal aesthetic."

The painters whose work I enjoy are many. Here are a few: Winslow Homer, George Bellows, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Tom Thompson, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Richard Diebenkorn, Fairfield Porter, Wayne Thibaud, Lois Dodd, Neil Welliver, Helen Frankenthaler, Eric Fischl, Peter Doig and John Cole.

My paintings, if framed, use either a floater frame for works on canvas or a wide simple rabetted moulding for panel or works on paper. The floater frame I use is made by Metropolitan Picure Frames (usually cherry or maple). The rabetted frame I use is made by Glaser Frames (usually dark chocolate brown or black with red undertones).