David Corbet (1972-present) was born in Idaho but raised in Northern California. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion in 1996 and from George Fox University in 2001 with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. He returned to Idaho in 2004 when he began writing and painting as modes to express his interior life. His first book of poems “A Year in the Mountains” reflects his emotional state as he transitions from a city life to a mountain life. His second book is an action novel titled “Memoirs of a Super Criminal.” He currently resides in a mid-sized city in Southeastern Idaho.
Art has always danced around the periphery of my identity. It was not until I reached the end of my words and allowed the images in my life and in my mind to take hold that I was released into the full realm of the “artist.”
I find that I am a spiritual being and in exploring the inexpressible, images and symbols serve with much more clarity than words. My artwork derives from the spiritual life and from the world of nature.
Many of my works are landscapes or abstracts derived from landscape themes. The natural world around me grounds my art in reality. The world of nature, its beauty in a myriad of forms, the flora and fauna, the sky touching the horizon, the clouds touching the sun, all work as my muse.
The interior world of reflection frees my art to explore the paradoxical. The yin must have the yang to remain balanced. The world of nature must be balanced with the interior world. It is in those moments of meditation that the filters in my mind and spirit begin to assemble the paintings which I strive to create. I find that it is when I am quiet that the muse of nature can speak.
My art is spiritual, although I do not require the audience to view it as such. In my art, I search for something that is ‘more’ or ‘other’ than the physical, the mundane. I would like to think that my art holds many meanings and each time it is viewed (meditated upon?) one can walk away with new insights. I like to think of painting as a spiritual exercise. I like to think of viewing a painting as a spiritual exercise. I know that may seem like much to grasp for… but I feel the same way about nature around me. The mood and attitude which one brings to the viewing can color (emotionally) a painting more than any descriptions or captions by the artist.