About Artist Dave White

Artist Dave White Painting Malgudi Veg Mural
Artist Dave White sketching Malgudi Days mural at Malgudi Veg in Ashburn

My earliest childhood memories include sitting at our living room table, with art supplies spread out everywhere, and creating art. It was pure joy! Artistic talent is a natural gift that I was lucky to be blessed with.

I was born in Lima, Ohio, grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and lived in Indiana until I graduated from the University of Indianapolis with degrees in Accounting and Spanish. My Mom left her work to raise me, my brother and sister, while my Dad worked for nearly 40 years operating freight trains. Besides making art, my best childhood memories include freely roaming the neighborhood, playing basketball, baseball and street hockey, and always being outside. I was part of the last generation to grow up free of the internet and social media.

After graduating college, I volunteered with the Peace Corps as part of a Community Economic Development program in Costa Rica, where I lived for over two years in a small rural town. While there, I was immersed in the local community and worked cooperatively on several small business development projects, and extensively with the youth. Looking back on it, they do very well with minimal materialism, strong community ties, and a life lived outdoors with abundant nature. Perhaps poor by mainstream economic standards, they are wealthy in many non-monetary ways. I don’t believe they need the system of credit-based economic development, competition, and the need for never-ending growth!

Nowadays, I live in Ashburn, Virginia, with my wife (a Children’s Yoga Teacher and Dance Movement Therapist) and three kids.

dave white

dave september 2018

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