My name is Dave Thompson. ProSpark Studio started out of a drive to create. The name is a derivation of the word "pro" meaning "first" and "spark" like the spark of an idea, or the beginnings of creativity. ProSpark is the origins of creativity for me, the excitement of starting something new, the elation of the unknown.
I have always enjoyed creating. I find that if things in my life start to get out of sync, it drives my need to create. Even as a child, I found this to be true. If I was bored, I often felt guilty for not taking the opportunity to create something. I have explored many different types of art over the years from wood carving, acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, cold glass, warm glass and glass blowing. All of them are opportunities to develop something that can be beautiful and sometimes functional.
Growing up, I was often fascinated with art - particularly cartooning. I loved the dry humor of Berkeley Breathed and couldn't wait to read the next Bloom County or Garfield on Sunday. I took that enthusiasm and cartooned and sketched throughout high school and started my own comic strip in college called "Mr. Effort". He made semi-regular appearances in the Collegiate Times at Virginia Tech. The name stuck and has been my online moniker ever since.
After college, I continued to expand my learning by learning stained glass at a local hobby shop. That lead me to learn warm glass and to purchase a glass kiln where I learned traditional stained glass painting techniques. Following that, I took classes with a hot glass artist in Richmond, VA and at the Corning Museum of Glass where I learned glass blowing techniques. While I still love glass, renting the glass studio became too costly to maintain. That lead to me explore painting again.
I began painting (again?) in earnest about few years ago and love the ability to create anytime, anywhere. I have focused mainly on watercolors and oils. I like them both for opposite reasons - the spontaneity of watercolor and the control of oils. I have an lifelong love for learning and will continue to explore as long as I can hold a brush.
When I'm not creating, I enjoy spending time with my wife, four teenage boys, and two Pomeranians.
* February 2014 - Fredericksburg Fine Arts Festival, "Foggy Morning" - 2nd Place, Novice
* March 2016 - Fredericksburg Fine Arts Festival, "Self Portrait"- 3rd Place, Watercolors
* February 2019 - FASO, "Miscommunication" - FAV15%
* March 2019 - Fredericksburg Fine Arts Festival, "Early Mountain Barn" - Honorable Mention, Watercolors
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