|David Krause is from Williamsburg (Traverse City), Michigan. He graduated from Albion College, a small private school in Michigan, with a fine arts degree. A four year term as an officer in the U.S. Navy interrupted a promising career in professional golf. Following his service, he pursued a new career in landscape architecture. Mr Krause opened his office in 1970 and his twenty-five year career honed his ability to graphically communicate visual concepts in three dimensional space. Krause has won numerous landscape architectual design awards, including one of twelve presented at the White House in 1977, was honored as a certified member of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1985 and in 1991 was awarded the Environmental Improvement Grand Award (only one given nationally).|
After retiring in 1995 and missing the design field, he began exploring oil painting, giving birth to a second career.
I live on the shore of Lake Michigan and am witness each day to absolutely incredible skies, the colors of which are a challenge to blend. The shapes, formations and color transitions continually tax my artistic abilities and expand my creative horizons. There is a certain clarity to these constantly changing images, which further provides a basis for more abstract canvases. Horizon lines are constant in all my pieces as is the subtle evidence of Mark Rothko running through my blood. The years spent in landscape architecture offered countless hours of sketching and applying color, which now is reflected in that area of my work. Further, that avenue allows my abstract side to take sometimes rather large liberties and venture into shapes and colors that express the landscape only if one applies a liberal dose of imagination.