David Imlay‘s approach to painting draws influence from twentieth century American Contemporary Realism as well as Photorealism which both emerged in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s. Artists such as Robert Bechtle, Richard Estes and John Register utilized a straightforward approach to representation which continues to be widely practiced in these post-abstract eras. Born and raised in San Juan Capistrano, David first realized his passion art at an early age. He was fortunate enough to have the encouragement and support of his family and was heavily inspired by his grandfather Theron Imlay a Southwest Oil and Pastel Artist. David studied Illustration at San Jose State University as well as Lorenzo De Medici in Florence, Italy. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration in 2001 and currently resides in San Francisco, where he now works as a freelance Illustrator and Fine Artist.