Anyone who has visited my gallery knows that it’s my paintings of colorful red poppies that take center stage. While these beautiful, strong flowers have become my signature, my inspiration for painting them goes back to my European heritage.
My grandfather, who was a knight, rode on horseback beside the King of Belgium, as they led their army into its first battle of World War l. The war progressed, and my grandfather was eventually wounded and left for dead on a pile of cadavers. When finally discovered, he was taken to a French hospital and cared for by a compassionate, young nurse who would later become my grandmother. Although he went on to fight in some of the worst battles of the war, my grandfather was a lucky survivor in a war that took the lives of so many soldiers.
Flanders Fields was the area around the town of Ypres, Belgium where homes and surrounding farmland served as a central battlefield during four long years of the war. Devastation was vast, but amazingly, in the spring, vivid red poppies began to grow in the churned up earth of the soldiers graves. These special flowers became a revered representation of the blood of the wounded and an encouraging symbol of hope for life after death.
Because the poppy touches my heart in such a special way, I will always fill my gallery with these lively flowers. And with every new poppy painting that I paint, I will continue to pay tribute to my grandfather and all of the soldiers who fought and died in World War l, as well as honoring all of the brave servicemen, past and present, who sacrifice so much to serve their countries.
by Christiane David
With a personality as vibrant as her paintings, Belgium born artist Christiane David has taken art to a new level in Lancaster County. Walking into her Lancaster gallery on Prince Street is like walking into an enchanted world of color. Filled with an eclectic array of watercolors, acrylic, and oil paintings, it is no doubt one of the most vibrant colorful galleries you’ll find anywhere. Regardless of the medium or the subject matter, every painting large or small is a dramatization of color, texture, and dimension. You can visit Christiane at her gallery, 112 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA
Christiane David’s paintings are currently on exhibit at Willow Valley Communities in The Clubhouse.