David Christiana has been making art since he was small child and his parents found him drawing on the wall. We probably all got caught doing this, but the difference is that his parents didn't ground him, instead they stood back and said, "Hey, that's pretty good!" Christiana has been going strong ever since.
Christiana is an accomplished fine artist and illustrator. He has published more than twenty five children's books which he has illustrated, several of which he also wrote. He has also been included in national and international competitions for painting, especially of portraits. In spring of 2015 he was selected to be part of an international show of portrait artists to be shown at the MEAM in Barcelona, Spain.
Currently, David's work "Portraits of Petrichor" will be showing at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff from March 12th, 2016 - May 30th. This one person exhibition is a culmination of 20 years of work done on and about Sunset Crater National Monument and the Wapatki Loop.
Christiana holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and an MFA from Syracuse University. He has also devoted much of his time to teaching. He is a full professor at the University of Arizona, where he has led young artists for 25 years, and has become a critical part of the study abroad program in Orvieto, Italy.
These are portraits of people who live in the Sutherland Valley.