David A. Haughton was born in Philadelphia in 1956 and moved to Canada in 1991. A self-taught artist who has been exhibiting his work for forty years, Haughton first explored pen & ink drawing for a dozen years, then, over the next 8 years, developed an individual style in watercolor. Since 1996 he has been painting acrylic works, mostly landscapes, primarily on Multimedia Artboard.
The Fear, Hope & Longing paintings are a lens through which the artist channels his emotions and experiences of the wild Pacific coast. To these emotions and memories, Haughton adds a third layer of artistic expression. Tilted horizons slightly unsettle the viewer and convey a sense of being at sea. Highly charged colours and dramatic contrasts between light and dark bestow an exaggerated perspective on the exploding seas and skies, especially as viewed through the window of a cabin on the beach. The most successful works combine his strong personal responses to nature with the confidence of a mature artistic expression ©Mia Johnson