Meet artist David Gonzales at Art on a Whim in Breckenridge |

Meet artist David Gonzales at Art on a Whim in Breckenridge

Summit Daily staff report

Skiing and snowboarding are intense sports — adrenaline pumps through the rider's veins, their faces full of focus and determination. The world flies by at high speeds, yet everything seems to slow down. Upon any pause on the mountainside, riders are left with an abundance of energy and a shortness of breath. Translating activities so quick and so powerful into a work of art is a challenging endeavor. David V. Gonzales has built quite the fine-art career by mastering the motion and energy that makes skiing and snowboarding, as well as other action sports, so enthralling.

Gonzales has been painting professionally for most of his adult life. By the time he was 17 he had work hanging at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and in the governor's mansion in New Mexico. He received a full scholarship to study at the San Antonio Art Institute. His career took off after he began to masterfully express his fascination with relative objects moving through space and time. For the past year, much like a skier barreling down the mountain, awards and acclaim for Gonzales' work have been coming fast and furious.

Gonzales' original acrylic painting titled "The Peloton" was selected to represent the USA Pro Challenge this year. His painting titled "Destination" represented the Breckenridge stage of the race last year, while "The Undertaking" represented the Woodland Park stage. His pieces titled "Through Independence" and "Golden's Pro Race" represented the Aspen and Golden stages of the Pro Challenge this year. "ULLR Flipping for Snow" was selected to represent Breckenridge's ULLR Festival last winter. His painting "60th Annual Pikes Peak Marathon" was chosen to represent the historic anniversary of the incredible marathon, known for its ascent of Pikes Peak. He will soon be creating a painting to commemorate the Vail Film Festival. He is an incredible person too and recently completed a very large piece to be donated to Team Summit, a local ski team, and auctioned off.

The glue that holds Gonzales' collection of work together is the powerful and purposeful brushstrokes with which he paints. To capture speed and motion like Gonzales is able, an artist must maintain an intense focus. It is only through channeling the same inner drive to achieve that elite athletes are able to attain that an artist can translate their pursuits to panel. Gonzales prefers to work with acrylics on panel as the quick drying time of the paint and the rigidity of the panels he works on allows him to work quickly, thus capturing the intense rush of athletes in motion.

A collection of Gonzales' originals are on display this week at the Art on a Whim gallery in downtown Breckenridge. Gonzales will be painting live in the gallery throughout the week. During his gallery exhibition last winter he created a series of works depicting skiers, snowboarders and downtown Breckenridge. Each painting sold as fast as they could dry.


What: Meet artist David V. Gonzales, watch as he paints and view his newest work

When: Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 from noon to 6 p.m.

Where: The Art on a Whim Gallery at 100 N. Main St. Breckenridge

Cost: Free