David Lord

I was born on September 15, 1948 and grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, part of the fourth generation of my father’s family to do so.

I grew up in the Santa Fe family compound until I was seven, at which time my father moved his growing family four miles north to the village of Tesuque in the beautiful Tesuque Valley. I lived in the midst of fruit orchards in a village made up of Native, Hispanic and Anglo. I have fond memories of horse drawn buckboards going down the road in front of my house, while cattle that had gotten loose would roam up and down the valley. There were trout in the river and there was northern New Mexican food. I grew up in heaven with loads of freedom and the Sangre de Christo mountains to explore.

I was surrounded with art and art people and I knew from a young age that I was an artist. I spent my childhood doing paint by numbers, wood burning, what ever creativity Christmas would bring. Since there were not any art programs in my high school, my art education was pretty much up to me. I drew and explored oils and pastel. This self educating grew out of a need to record my spirit with the cultures that surrounded me. After high school I went to the University of New Mexico art department to refine my skills. 

My twenties were spent being a hippy and a Buddhist. I got married and had a son. My creativity was pretty much focused on the quest to survive and raise a family.

By the mid-1980’s my Buddhist practice took me to Nepal and Mt. Everest, and my growth began to refine my art. I began to see how everything around me was alive to the point of fracturing into multi aspects of energy. I carried that into my everyday life and painted that perception as I saw it.

In the 1990’s my Buddhist practice became my life and I began a journey into Tibetan iconology and study. In my art I fractured large Tanka paintings into segments and painted those that had an effect on me. Doing these paintings deepened my practice and disciplined my life and art.

By 2008 I began to leave the Tibetan Iconology and a move into Zen Buddhism began. My art attention moved towards nature and its mysteries and majesty. My journey is a visual interaction with nature and the movement towards seeing what is there.

This, then, is my work as we travel four decades.