An Artist's Story: As Told By Sue Scheible of The Patriot Ledger

Sometimes I feel like pinching myself because of the recent attention to my work and my story.

Photo by Gary Higgins, The Patriot Ledger

Certainly as an artist I believe my work is good, never good enough for me however. That is really a common feeling for many, as we all strive to produce better work each time we step in front of a blank canvas.

I'm appreciative that many like my fanciful/surreal stories and colorful canvases. They seem to like them enough to even purchase them. What a blessing.

There has been a bigger story here that I've also tried to share. The one about not giving up on oneself no matter who you are, or how old. The roadblocks won't stop you with determination and drive. Follow your dreams no matter what they are.

Recently writer Sue Scheible from The Patriot Ledger heard my personal story and thought it was something worth sharing. What follows is the beginning of that story and a link to the full column which appeared in the Tuesday, March 14 edition of the paper.

A GOOD AGE: Milton artist rediscovers his ‘first love’

By Sue Scheible
The Patriot Ledger

Story Photos by Gary Higgins, 
The Patriot Ledger

March 14, 2017

MILTON– When David Dauer heads down to his basement to work, he never knows just who or what will emerge. His family and friends have been as surprised as he is.

Nearly 40 years ago, in his 20s with a new wife and plans for a family, Dauer stepped away from his "first love" – painting and drawing – to build more than a 30-year career in graphic design and publishing.

Although practicality called the shots, his creative side still flourished in his design work. The paint brushes, however, languished – even after he built an artist's studio in his basement for his 50th birthday.

Then a year ago at age 62, Dauer was laid off and once again faced a critical personal choice: "What do I want to do with my life?" This time, he went with his heart.......

When Cows Fly, acrylic on canvas. 50" x 24" This finished painting was in process when I was visited by Sue and Gary from The Patriot Ledger.

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