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.
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 as a railroad engineer, or what you’d call a ‘railroader’.
Though I had success academically, I wasn’t sure what to do after graduating high school. 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 Spain, where I met my wife, also studying abroad. Approaching graduation, I had a strong urge to avoid entering the world of cubicles, 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 became completely immersed in the local community and worked cooperatively on several 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…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 my artistic and sometimes satirical sense of humor, has fueled my ideas for ‘accounting art’ and office humor artwork (see The Accounting Artist). 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!