Landscape painter David Bottini uses the signature “Gabriel” on his paintings as a tribute to his grandfather, who inspired in him the love of the natural world that he brings to his intricate and richly colored landscapes.
Bottini appears to relish the complexity of forest interior scenes, with myriad leaves and branches revealed in dappled light. His renderings of trees and other foliage become textural elements as well as value masses, which he sets against breaks of open sky or water.
His paintings give the viewer an invitation to step in and experience the painted environment with a tactile sensibility.
Bottini’s work is currently on display in an exhibition at the F.A.N. Gallery here in Philadelphia: “David Bottini: Seasonal Journeys” that runs until September 26, 2015.