David’s career actually began in the music business. Blessed with talent in both art and music, he was a premier area guitarist at a young age, recording and performing with Chicago folk legends Bonnie Koloc, Steve Goodman, John Prine and others. His songs have been published and recorded by name artists.
When the road became unsuitable for a married man and father, he turned to his other muse, art. He worked his way up to senior art director for a well known Chicago agency before deciding to go out on his own. He became a successful and respected freelance illustrator and graphic designer creating art and designs for billboards, magazines, packaging, and books.
David’s fine art is rooted in traditional technique and classical composition. His pen
and ink drawings of abandoned barns and jazz musicians, impressionistic florals,
landscapes, and classical oil portraits all display both virtuosity and inspiration.
Mr. Van Delinder also accepts commissioned portraits and other works in oil, pastel, charcoal and pen and ink. His pencil portraits of musicians and dancers are very popular and highly sought after.
He lives and works in Cherry Valley, IL.