(1954 - present)
Dave Powell grew up in an atmosphere redolent with Western heritage. The son of artists Ace Powell and Nancy Mclaughlin Powell. Dave was born and raised in Montana. The Powell household hummed with art activity as Indians, trappers cowboys and loggers came to visit. With such a background, it is no wonder Dave is steeped in art and history!
Dave became a serious student of art in his mid-teens, and has been a professional artist most of his life. In 1973, he worked with Bob Scriver, helping with mold making and plaster pattern for the heroic size Lewis and Clark sculpture which is now at Fort Benton. Dave has also studied with Ned Jacob and Robert Lougheed.
Because of his vast knowledge of the dress and habits of Western Indians, pioneers and cowboys, Dave is often called upon to provide costume and props, and to give technical advice about authenticity for films and television. productions include “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams”, “Silverado”, “Lonesome Dove” and “Far and Away”.
Dave has participated in historic reenactments and rides all across the west. His travels afford Dave the opportunity for inspiration- while his film work utilizes his experience and observation, his sculptures, paintings and illustrations are born of his imagination.
His interest in historic reenactments and rides have taken him all across the West, and these travels have afforded Dave the opportunity for inspiration. While his film work utilizes his experience and observation, his sculptures, paintings and illustrations are born of his imagination.
Dave and his family divide their time between the Chino Valley outside of Prescott, Arizona, and the Sun River Valley in Montana, which is Charlie Russell territory. There Dave is constantly inspired by the very buttes and prairies that Russell himself loved and painted.