Friday, September 25, 2009

David Geister - Artist and Illustrator

David Geister is a Minnesota artist who specializes in paintings of early American history and the landscapes and people of the upper Mississippi River. His work is used by historical institutions, appears in magazines and children's books, and adorns the walls of numerous collectors.

David Geister is an artist whose love of the natural beauty of the land and fascination with his country's history is celebrated in his work. He creates landscapes, portraits and depictions of historic events in a variety of mediums . . . oil on canvas, pen and ink drawings and watercolor sketches done in a nineteenth century style.

As a child growing up at the confluence of the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers in Prescott, Wisconsin, Dave became immersed in the works of Mark Twain and Bruce Catton, and when he wasn't reading or reenacting battles with toy soldiers, he was drawing. Dave is a proud 1984 graduate of Dakota County Technical College, where he studied Applied Arts.
In addition, four years of service in the United States Marine Corps left him with a deep appreciation for the drama of American history and the desire to tell those stories.

Dave has worked for several years as a historical artist and illustrator and his paintings have been featured in The Military Collector and Historian, The Saturday Evening Post and several issues of The History Channel Magazine. His illustrations can be found in the Sleeping Bear Press children's books The Legend of Minnesota, The Voyageur's Paddle, The Legend of Wisconsin, Riding to Washington, and B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet, written by his wife Pat Bauer.
The Minnesota Historical Society and many other state and county historical societies have called upon Dave's skills as a historical artist and interpreter for their sites. He can occasionally be glimpsed in costume portraying the frontier artists Seth Eastman or George Catlin. Dave appeared as Eastman in the award-winning Twin Cities Public Television documentary, "Seth Eastman: Painting the Dakotah." and even in an episode of Oregon Public Television's "History Detectives".

Dave lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his dear wife and stepdaughters, who share his love of history and art.

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