About Artist Dave White
I’m blessed to be a Dad of two boys and husband of my wife Brigitta, a Children’s Yoga Teacher and Dance Movement Therapist. A lifelong Artist, I work together with my clients to create custom fine art paintings, whether a portrait, mural, their house, a pet, or any number of other subjects. Additionally, I sell art prints, mugs, organic cotton shirts, and various other products with specific themes at the following online stores:
Born in Lima, Ohio, I grew up on the outskirts of Fort Wayne, Indiana. My Mom left her career to raise me, my brother and sister, while my Dad worked for nearly 40 years operating freight trains.
Though I did well academically, I wasn’t sure what to do after graduating high school, as nothing particularly appealed to me besides being an Artist, which I had been trained to believe wasn’t a viable career choice. I received an academic scholarship from the University of Indianapolis and chose to major in Accounting and Spanish. This led me to study abroad in Seville, Spain, where I met my wife, also studying abroad. Approaching graduation, I had a strong feeling that I did not want to sit at a desk for 40 hours a week, and decided to apply for the Peace Corps. I was accepted into a Community Economic Development program in Costa Rica, where I lived for over two years in a small village. While there, I was completely immersed in the local community and worked cooperatively on several small business development projects, and extensively with the youth. Looking back now, I don’t believe they need our system of credit-based economic development, competition, and the need for never-ending growth…though they have their own challenges, they are for the most part very happy with minimal materialism, strong community ties and a life lived outdoors.
Coming back to the U.S. in 2008, I moved to Virginia, married my long-time girlfriend, and have worked both as an Artist and Accountant since then. My time spent in a number of different offices, combined with humor, has fueled my ideas for ‘accounting art’ and office art, which pokes fun at different elements of working in a professional office, especially regarding finance and accounting. My complete immersion in Central American culture, through both the Peace Corps and my wife’s family, my fluency in Spanish, and my travels throughout Spain and Latin America are the inspiration for the artwork I create at Spanglish America. When not creating art, I’m busy with (and sometimes in over my head) raising my two boys!