With watercolor pad and digital camera at his side, David Tripp spends hours driving in his Jeep, poking around the sleepy Texas towns along county roads, in search of subjects to paint. Every day presents a new opportunity for discovery of some artifact reminiscent of earlier decades of energy and prosperity. Today, only the shells and husks remain of filling stations, general stores, movie theaters and other public buildings formerly stirring with conversations, stories and glimpses of life. The writer Marcel Proust has pointed out the thrill of beholding an object capable of triggering profound memories from our youth, and being filled with a sense of warmth and gratitude.
In 2015, David was appointed Artist-in-Residence for Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. His more recent work focuses on the Texas Laguna Madre, where he lived alone on a spoil island and painted the landscape, flora and fauna of that remarkable environment.
Having retired from life as a full-time educator, David now enjoys his own Gallery at the Redlands in Palestine, Texas where his art focuses mainly on the town’s railroad history as well as small-town American scenes and their accompanying stories. He also serves as Adjunct Professor at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, teaching courses in Religion and the Humanities.