About Dave Casterson


I attended my first art history classes in the months preceding my birth (accompanied by my mother, of course) and her art history text was a constant source of fascination and inspiration as far back as I can remember. The landscape was another inspiration. 

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was surrounded by rolling hills and oaks, but also had easy access to the ocean, mountains, and my favorite, the desert. After earning a BFA from SJSU in 1996, I renewed my interest in landscape and plein air painting and continue to hone my oil painting skills to rise to the challenge. I currently divide my time between painting on location and in the studio.

I strive for a painterly realism in which the paint itself has an equal voice with the depiction of the scene. No subject is off limits – trees, sunsets, garbage heaps, parking lots. If beauty is anywhere, then it’s everywhere. It’s just up to us to see it. Everything is in flux. Painting affords me the luxury to contemplate the endless arising and passing of all things and how lucky I am to be here at this moment. 

Hours of focused attention, one brushstroke at a time, immersed in the luminosity of the world. What more could one want?

1996 BFA Painting and Drawing from San Jose State University
Workshops with Randall Sexton, Bryan Mark Taylor, Kevin Courter


2018     Merit Award - Fresh Works VIII, Firehouse Gallery, Pleasanton, CA

            Honorable Mention - Alameda County Fair

            Honorable Mention - Expressions, Tracy Art League, Tracy, CA

2017     1st Place Oil/Acrylic - Art in the Redwoods, Gualala, CA 

            Merit Award - Fresh Works VII, Firehouse Gallery, Pleasanton, CA

            3rd Place - Plein Air Competition, Alameda County Fair

            Silver Award - Alameda County Fair

2016     2nd Place Oil/Acrylic - Art in the Redwoods, Gualala, CA
2015     Best in Class, Silver, Honorable Mention - Alameda County Fair   

            Honorable Mention - Livermore Art Association Spring Art Show
2014     3rd Place Oil/Acrylic – Art in the Redwoods, Gualala, CA
            Honorable Mention – Fremont Art Association Art Show – Bryan Mark Taylor judge
            3rd Place, Honorable Mention – Alameda County Fair
            2nd Place Artists’ Choice - Fremont Art Association Paint Out
2013     2nd Place Oil/Acrylic - Art in the Redwoods, Gualala, CA
2007     2nd Place Oil/Acrylic - Art in the Redwoods, Gualala, CA

In the lair of the mad scientist

Easel at Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont

Sun going down east of Fallon, Nevada