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MAC Board Member Spotlight: Dave Titus

This month's Spotlight features Board Member, Dave Titus! As an established artist and arts education advocate, Dave brings a unique perspective to our team. Read more about Dave's story below.

1. What is your connection to the arts? Are you an artist yourself or do you have a particular interest in the arts?

I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. Inspired by my mother, who was also an artist, I dreamed of one day becoming a freelance illustrator. I realized the dream in the early 90’s after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design with an illustration concentration from San Jose State. Since then my career in illustration has spanned more than 30 years.

2. What is your favorite art medium and why is it your favorite?

I love airbrush art. The tool just feels comfortable in my hand. I can create

continuous tones and gradients that are much harder for me to realize with

other painting techniques. Back in the day my illustration idols captivated me

with their paintings, and I worked relentlessly to create imagery like they did. In

1991 I transitioned from the canvas to Adobe Photoshop, and my airbrush art

took on a whole new dimension: no frisket film, paint mixing or cleanup. My art

blossomed in the digital world, but the character and style of my pencil

drawings still form the basis of my finished work.

3. If you could learn any arts medium, what would it be? Why?

Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to be a rock star, and play the electric guitar.

My mom was a folk singer, my brother is a classical jazz musician, and my

nephews and nieces play music. I was 50 years old when I took my first guitar

lesson, but I’m still hopeful that I can play rock and roll guitar one day.

4. What is your favorite part of your role as a MAC Board Member?

I’m happy giving some of my time to help support and sustain the arts locally.

Rural communities like ours need all the help we can get to maintain an arts

culture. I want to provide guidance through my insight and experience as an


5. Why do you think the arts are so important right now?

The arts are always important, not just now. When we create something we

bring thoughts and ideas to life. Visions that didn’t exist except in our minds

become real. The arts help us tap into our true potential. The simple stroke of

paint on canvas with a brush is an expression of our feelings, a way to

communicate much deeper than merely talking. Creativity is another language,

expanding our universe and enhancing everything else we do in life.


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