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David DraimeDavid 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 l’Orangerie, the Uffizi in Florence, and many other of the world‘s 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 Society’s 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 Atlanta’s 2008 juried Portrait Competition.

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