Who I am

The paintings of David Lanier reflect a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature. A lifetime of careful observation gives way to richly detailed renderings of the natural world that remind us to slow down and marvel at the wondrous life that surrounds us.

Born in 1962 in Albany, Georgia, David spent much of his youth camping, hunting, and fishing across the southeastern states. Today, Lanier reflects on those early excursions as the most important influence on his decision to paint nature. “I am fortunate to have parents that introduced me to the outdoors at an early age. We have made countless canoe trips together fishing and photographing wildlife,” says Lanier.

While Lanier’s observational skills were honed at an early age, he did not begin painting until his third year in college, when he enrolled in the famed Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. After graduating with honors in 1985, Lanier began a brief stint as a commercial artist before deciding to paint wildlife full time. “The decision to paint wildlife was an easy one,” states Lanier. “I believe it is my purpose in life to show others the beauty that surrounds us and, hopefully, point people to the Divine Creator whose work I can only imitate. We are so blessed to live on such a diverse planet where the natural world is so alluring. How mundane it would be if our geography resembled that of the moon or Mars. I choose to believe that God created this world to keep us in a constant state of wonder and amazement, and it is because of that fascination that I paint the scenes and animals that I do.”

David often balances his landscape paintings with a mix of sporting art, a reflection of his favorite pastimes. “I grew up hunting and fishing with my father and now I continue that tradition with my own son,” says Lanier. “Sporting dogs are a favorite subject because they convey so much emotion and intelligence.” Despite his love for traveling, Lanier’s commissioned projects take him all over the country, as he paints dogs, landscapes and sporting scenes for discerning collectors.

Plantation Gallery

Lanier met his wife, Cathy, during college . The Laniers own an art gallery, Plantation Gallery, located in Albany, Georgia which Cathy manages.  For further information, the Laniers may be reached at Plantation Gallery, 2607 Stuart Avenue, Albany, Georgia, 31707. You can reach Plantation by phone at – 229-883-0111.

Awards

  • 2013 National Wild Turkey Federation national fundraising print
  • 2012 National Wild Turkey Federation national fundraising print
  • 1992 Georgia Wildlife Management Area Stamp Print
  • 1993 Quail Unlimited National Fundraising Print
  • 1993 Ducks Unlimited National Fundraising Print
  • 1993 Georgia Wildlife Management Area Stamp Print
  • 1994 Quail Unlimited National Fundraising Print
  • 1994 Georgia Wildlife Management Area Stamp Print
  • 1995 Georgia Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print
  • 1996 Georgia Duck Stamp
  • 1996 Featured Artist, Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival
  • 1997 Coastal Conservation Association Fundraising Print
  • 1997 Ducks Unlimited National Fundraising Print
  • 1997 NRA National Fundraising Print
  • 1999 National Wild Turkey Federation National Stamp and Print
  • 1999 Ducks Unlimited National Fundraising Print
  • 2002 Georgia Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print
  • 2002 Featured Artist, Southern Wildlife Exposition
  • 2005 Georgia Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Print
  • 2006 Featured Artist, Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival
  • 2008 Quail Unlimited National Fundraising Print
  • Chevrolet “Heartbeat” Print Artist (three years)
  • Numerous magazine covers, including multiple covers of Gray’s Sporting Journal and Quail Unlimited

Exhibitions

  • 2000 Albany Museum of Art Solo Show
  • 2001 Wiregrass Museum of Art Solo Show
  • 2001 Best of Show, South Georgia Regional Art Show
  • 2002 Best of Show, South Georgia Regional Art Show
  • 22 year exhibitor, Southeastern Wildlife Expo, Charleston, SC
  • 20 year exhibitor, Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, Thomasville, GA