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David Cochran is a northern Virginia artist who specializes in unique family portraits. He began his career in 1962 at the age of 10, and has been painting ever since. He works at the prestigious Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Alexandria, VA.

If you are interested in a casual family portrait, email for more information.

About the Series -

David has been painting full time for 29 years. He is well known for his Jazz Club, Billiard Room and Social Commentary paintings. For the last decade, David has been including clients in his paintings to create unique family portraits, which can include as few or as many people as requested.

David creates his casual family portraits by working with the client to come up with an overall concept for the painting, including setting, characters and other details. The client sends Dave some images, which he uses to create an initial sketch. After the sketch is approved by the client, David begins transforming the idea into a large acrylic painting which can be passed down in the family for generations.

Casual Family Portraits of a Different Kind

"I paint a unique kind of family portrait. It is not apparent that these paintings are portraits at all, as I mingle the clients with my own cast of characters. At first glance, these large paintings appear to be depictions of a Jazz Club or Cabana Bar, full of all types of social interaction and drama.

"Upon closer inspection, the viewer will begin to recognize various family members or friends in unexpected roles: a saxophonist, bartender, tango dancers, pool sharks or any idea you can come up with.

"Lately, I have been including images of Grandparents, from old family photo albums. For example, I used a photo of a client's Great Grandfather at age 25 as the piano man in a jazz club. The possibilities are endless with my unique family portraits.

I can create casual family portraits of any size. I do not paint murals on walls, but can have stretchers made to fit any application. I use Acrylic paint on a heavy cotton canvas. Sizes begin at 3ft x 4ft. The largest I have done was 54" x 17ft (on two panels).

For more information on David Cochran's casual family portraits, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .