Born in Miami, Florida in 1957, David Berger began painting at the age of thirty-two, after having a life-altering, near-death experience. He experimented with watercolor for four years when he discovered a love for oil painting. He studied the works of the old world chiaroscuro painters at the Maitland Art Center under Barbara Tiffany and Greg Kreutz, who studied under David Leffel at the Art Students League in New York.
For over eighteen years, David has painted still life, gaining a reputation for executing extraordinary realism with his delicate lace and colorful vases. In 2009, soon after moving in to his mountain home, he became inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the area. That is when he picked up his brushes and began creating landscape masterpieces.
David and his wife Julie, a successful jeweler, spend the winter months at their home in the quaint seaside town of Stuart, Florida, and the rest of the year they live in the picturesque mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina. He has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, and recently opened his own gallery, which is appropriately named “Mountain Mist Gallery of Cashiers.”
Viewers are invited to see each month’s raffle item on display from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday at Betsy Paul Properties, 870 Highway 64 West, Cashiers, North Carolina. Checks can also be mailed directly to the Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, P.O. Box 713, Cashiers, North Carolina, 28717. For more information contact Betsy Paul Properties, (828)743-0880.
“Artists receive promotion, winners receive a piece of art for a minimal investment, and the fire department gets crucial funding. And don’t forget, tickets can be purchased in blocks of twelve for $60. They make a great gift,” says Paul. All of the proceeds from the art raffle go exclusively to the Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department.