Interview with Expressionist Painter David Sandum
Interview with Expressionist Painter David Sandum. David Sandum is a remarkable painter. Not only is he highly prolific, his work is prized among collectors. I myself am lucky enough to own a pair of his gouache pieces.
When painting, his preferred mediums are either oil on canvas or gouache on thick paper. David enjoys the difference between these techniques. “Working with oils is like taking a long mountain expedition,” he says, “while working with etchings is like climbing without a rope. One mistake and you’re dead!” An acclaimed author as well an artist, David wrote a memoir about his challenges with mental illness. At any rate, he is very public about his struggles with depression. His book is called I’ll Run Till the Sun Goes Down: A Memoir about Depression and Discovering Art. It was published in September 2015. He is also working on a second book.
A kind, gentle soul, David exudes graciousness. Above all, he works carefully and deliberately. He takes his time. So perhaps its because of the Scandinavian pace of life, or maybe its just his personality. Still, David’s work draws you in (in a good way. The saturation of his palette is lush and high. One can’t stop staring at his work. We asked him about it:
What is your subject matter all about?
What colors are on your palette right now?
Explain your switch back and forth between gouache and oil.