Draime grew up in Paris, France where, at the age of seven, he began taking his first formal
art lessons. His love and appreciation of classical realism, however, he credits with spending
endless hours wandering around the Louvre, the Musee de lOrangerie, the Uffizi in
Florence, and many other of the worlds finest art museums. After receiving numerous
awards in high school for his exceptional drawings, David continued his studies at the Corcoran
School of Art in Washington DC, and Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned his
BFA and MFA in painting and printmaking.
While he continues to draw and paint landscapes and still lifes, David considers portraiture
to be the most challenging and rewarding subject matter. With portraits, you have
the added dimension of a specific character, beauty, and all shades of emotion potentially
realized by the artist, he says. It never ceases to amaze me the depth of feeling
and emotion that can be captured with paint on canvas.
A member of the Portrait Society of America since 2005, David is beginning to receive national
attention for his outstanding work. At the Societys 2008 and 2009 International Conferences,
he received the prestigious Best Portfolio award. He also won a Second Place award for his
painting Greta at
the Portrait Society of Atlantas 2008 juried Portrait Competition.