David Wells is a scientist and an artist. David became a professional artist in the fall of 2011 after being inspired by the artists he connected with at the Saint Paul Art Crawl a year earlier. He listened to his inner voice to reconnect with his strong passion for art and creativity, and vowed to return to the next Art Crawl as a participating artist and show his own work, which he did. Although he was very artistic during high school, he took a break from art during 25 years of day jobs as a research scientist in drug analysis, pharmacist, author of books in analytical chemistry, teacher, mentor and entrepreneur. Art can reconnect with a person at any time, so this “incubation period” is not unusual. When art re-emerged from within him, it exploded in a tremendous burst of creativity. Art studio space in the Jax Building in Lowertown Saint Paul provided the initial location and inspiration for his transformation.
David’s abstract artworks use acrylic paints and inks, and they are known for their intense color, energy and motion. David uses his knowledge of chemistry to change variables in his artistic process. Every creation is dynamic, unique and has unexpected elements; this impulsiveness provides him with inspiration for endless experimentation. David has adapted his technique to many surfaces, including tile, plastic, glass, paper, wood and canvas. His medium is also well suited for home décor as well as traditional art-on-the-wall. David's art is one-of-a-kind and commissioned works are fun and gladly accepted. David also creates "energetic portraits" of people (souls) and the artworks match their inner essence.
The Twin Cities TOSCA magazine of arts and culture named David the "Minnesota Artist of the Year" and his work was included in the spring 2014 issue. In the summer of