David Foley

Upon first viewing, David Foley’s landscape paintings may appear somewhat chaotic and abstract, but it is the fractal quality of his work that produces his unique style. These elements of randomness, self-similarity, and variation of scale are inherent in all of his work. Each composition is held together with an energetic pattern that permeates the entire surface.

The active, energetic surface of a Foley painting is stimulating and draws the viewing into the environment of his work.

In the book “Landscapes Of New Mexico”, Suzanne Deats explains: “Foley’s painting technique is as action-packed as the finished work of art. He prepares very carefully, mixing the acrylic paint beforehand and laying out the intricate outlines on the canvas. He places the canvas flat on sawhorses, then goes to work with speed and spontaneity. Using a variety of brushes an painting sticks, many home made from various materials, he throws the paint on, marks it, pushes it, and delineates the image. Dragging color through another color with a stick may produce the knots and seams on a tree trunk; a strong swipe may become a vivid leaf on the ground. He distributes certain colors around the canvas to set up a visual interplay.”

This concept of repetition and the layering of paint embody a complexity that enhances the aesthetic appeal. It is the quality of detail, the intensity of color, the relative dissipation of shadow and light that are the essence of Foley’s work.

“I am trying to create a sense of the unfamiliar, to inspire a feeling of awe,” says Foley. “People will stand in front of one of my paintings and say ‘I like this…I really don’t even know why’. That’s good. I want them to enjoy looking at it for a very long time.”

David Foley was born in New Orleans, LA.  He received his B.A. from the University of New Orleans and went on to earn his Masters of Fine Art at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A full-time artist, Foley currently lives in Colorado, where he finds inspiration for his paintings in the ever- changing scenery. His paintings are widely collected and may be found in private and corporate collections in France, Germany, Australia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Dushanbe, Hong Kong, and throughout the United States.


18 items

Inundation Detail


20 x 24" / Acrylic

Winters Emanation Revi...


30 x 40" / acrylic

Late Autumn Iteration 18


36 x 36" / acrylic

Winters Emanation Revi...


30 x 40" / Acrylic on Giclee Print It is a Giclee print enhanced with acrylic paint to give the image more depth, texture and greater surface quality. The print is on canvas and stretched on medium...

Current Meditation - 4


I am trying to bring the viewer the sound, as well as the visual contemplation of moving water. / 40 x 42" / Acrylic

Above Gothic


20 x 20" / Acrylic

Current Meditation 2


20 x 34" / Acrylic



12 x 12" / Acrylic

Current Meditation


40 x 52" / Acrylic on Canvas

Iteration Detail - 31


12 x 30" / acrylicThis painting is an abstracted, painterly autumnal image.

Iteration Detail - 30


12 x 30" / acrylicThis painting is an abstracted, painterly autumnal image.

Portrait - 4


16 x 16" / acrylicThis series of paintings is an abstracted, textured and wistful look at myself, having painted aspens for decades.