Born in 1948 as second child of eight, David Kenyon Seacord was raised as a ‘preachers kid’ in small rural towns of the northwestern USA. Following six formative scholastically-honorable years at the University of Oregon, he devoted most of his twenties (the 1970’s) to living in alternative and spiritual communities, and world traveling as a young explorer of life.
The photo below shows David in 1978 at the age of 30 being ordained a ‘Reverend Cherag’ by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (1916-2004), then Head of the Sufi Order of America, a faith-path that… like the 12th century Sufi poet Rumi… emphasizes the very similar humanity-unifying principles, morals, and ideals found throughout all the world’s major religions.
Faith & Spirituality
Although raised and remaining Christian, the studies of humanity’s religions encouraged by this ordination has given David a respectful and appreciative familiarity with most of the world’s major faiths.
It is a familiarity which he views as a necessary part of human evolution…of growing into a truly mature non-anthropocentric spirituality…wherein religion-based warfare is transcended, and tolerantly living in peace and Loving One Another becomes the planetary way of life.
Currently living far from the urban metro’s where his name as an artist was initially created, David’s life now is rustic, simple, and very connected to the land–‘like an art-painting-monk living on a carry water/chop wood homestead’.
Rarely officiating anymore, he expresses his spirituality primarily through his paintings, the practice of yoga and meditation, eating a consciously disciplined diet, practicing and recording original music on various instruments (especially piano, guitar, and voice), writing various forms of literature (poetry, songwriting, blogs etc.), avid gardening, and ‘sharing The Love Declaration‘…which is ‘a Planetary Transformation Project’ that David created in 1986, and which he still actively directs. In addition to the hyperlinks in this paragraph there are also page links in the footer to allow you to navigate and explore David’s passions beyond painting, if you should be interested in doing that.
Musical Artist Turned Visual Artist
Historically, in 1980 David established a successful business as a professional piano tuner/technician in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lived and worked as a sought-after master craftsman for over a quarter century. His professional performance tuning credits include classical piano greats Pennario, Hollander, & Tureck; and jazz/rock greats Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, & McCoy Tyner. Since discovering himself as a painter in 1999, as he has shown his paintings throughout the United States to steadily increasing collector acquisitions, his fine art painting work has supplanted the majority of his professional piano work activities, …although being a passionate composing pianist himself, he does continue maintaining his own and a few other local pianos to keep that skillset well practiced.
Now locating his studio upon ‘the old 6-acre family homestead’ in Prairie City, Oregon, USA, David’s unique artistic creativity has earned the appreciation of many thousands of online fans, and collectors and patrons both nationally and world-wide.
“My intention in painting is simply to be a contributor of beauty to this world. I work to create images which express in form the subtle moods of nature, images which call forth the entire range of human emotional aliveness, which express perspectives that bring freshness to the familiar, which provide cultural access to normally unfelt sensitivities, and which chronicle the human spiritual journey.
To fulfill this intention, I work to achieve what I call following the beauty. The art of this, while actually painting, is to be in an active surrender to the constant (often unique) choices that continually arise. And then, to sense the timing–when it is the exact perfect moment to STOP.
Like finding focus in a fog, to evoke with my medium just enough form, just enough definition, just enough Art to cause an embrace of the emotions or trigger original perception… whatever my styling or subject matter, it is for this I labor.”
Fine Artist | Modern Spiritual Impressionism
A Letter From David…
“I did not follow the normal path to becoming a professional painter. And while I did not go to any formal art school, I have felt since I was a youth that “someday, I will be a painter”. As a young man, I developed a deep sensitivity to nature by spending eleven wonderful summers employed as a US Forest Service Fire Lookout in several different highly isolated wilderness areas of Oregon and Idaho. There, alone in my summer-long hermitages, I expressed and developed my artistic creativity by sketching wilderness landscapes, photography, stone carving, playing my guitar, and doing extensive off-trail exploring of the deep wilderness around me. These “isolated in the wilderness” summers formed the backbone of my inner connection to nature, and are an evident empowerment to my work as an artist now.
Eventually however, to meet the practical necessities of the world and make a living, I chose a musical direction and became a well-trained professional piano tuner/technician, fortuitously settling down and building a business in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From that base, I begin to meet many inspiring local visual artists.
The artistic influences of nationally known painters Eyvind Earle, Merrill Mahaffey, Julian Sibony, and Christopher Lange all reached my life because I was first their piano tuner. They and many other lesser-known artists would graciously take me into their studios after the tuning was done, and I would be ‘all questions’, their answers often staying with me to this day.
And, as a well-regarded piano technician making residential service calls throughout Northern New Mexico, I was also given access to many wonderful affluent-home private art collections, the owners of which were almost unanimously delighted to explain to me numerous distinctions of their art appreciation. These experiences (plus decades of living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with all its art and cultural events, museums and galleries) made up my early ‘art’ training, and in time, opened the way for the painter within to emerge at the age of 50. Soon recognizing I had found another ‘life’s work’, I have never looked back. May you benefit from the results.”