By day, Wake Forest resident David Boone works in the construction industry. By night, he’s a pastel artist, creating wildlife and portrait art.
The two activities aren’t as incompatible as one might think. “I do remodeling, and the creative side of remodeling gives me a great outlet as well,” said Boone, who owns Southern Reconstruction Inc. “Being able to see somebody’s home as it could be is an artist’s vision.”
Boone’s latest works of art will be featured in an exhibition opening Friday at Gilded Palette Gallery on South White Street downtown.
Boone became interested in creating art as a child when he discovered his father’s palette of pastel chalks.
“In the fourth grade, I painted a railroad train, and it had perspective,” he said. “For a kid that young, it was weird to see perspective and my teacher got all excited.”
He’s kept up the hobby ever since, taking classes whenever he gets a chance and displaying work in several Wake Forest galleries. He’s also active in the Pastel Society of North Carolina, where he meets others passionate about his favorite medium.
“I think that’s been a real valuable asset,” he said. “The cross pollination is always great and seeing what other people do just motiviates you.”
In the past, Boone has focused on still lifes and cityscapes. Lately his interests run toward wildlife and portraiture. He brings a camera when hiking, camping and boating and takes snapshots of the animals he sees, ranging from bears to elk to egrets.
To get the perfect composition, he said, “I take several photographs sometimes and combine two or three because it’s not exactly what I want to see.”
Boone’s interest in portraits started after his mother’s death earlier this year. “I’d never done any portraiture,” he said. “For the memorial service, I painted from a black and white portrait of her when she was 26. That got me into that.”
Now he does portraits for family members and for commissions. He has also branched out from his trusty pastel chalks lately and tried oils, paints that he once thought had a “gross” consistency.
“I am going to pursue that further,” he said. “It’s a great medium when used in the right picture.”