In a continuing journey combining art and technology David Cuin has pursued a path in the arts that has overlapped with a successful professional and technical career in construction. The central theme of his art is to capture the nuances, beauty, and drama of light as it reflects and refracts, highlights, silhouettes, or softly illuminates a subject. He is a long-time watercolorist of the traditional, realist school incorporating the soft, atmospheric capabilities of the medium into his work while maintaining a crisp attention to detail. In glass, it is the transparency, reflectivity and form that take precedence. Proper attention to design, composition and technology has led to a successful line of art glassware that has been available through Colorado galleries for over 20 years. Jewelry is a new, but equally promising avenue that is still being explored through the creative display of natural materials using traditional silversmith and modern wire-wrap techniques.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Manchester, England, is an Associate of the Manchester College of Science and Technology, a past member of the British Institute of Architectural Technicians, and a past Signature Member of the Colorado Watercolor Society.
Cuin's award-winning watercolors have appeared in Artist's Magazine, in the North Light book "Artistic Touch 5," and in local and Colorado State juried shows. In 2013, he authored and produced "Take Control of Color: Creating Drama & Impact in Arts & Crafts," a sold-out book aimed at helping those who are creative in any medium to understand and use color in their work to greater effect.
David has attended workshops with international watercolor luminaries like David Taylor, Joseph Zbukvic, Tom Lynch, Tony Couch, Cheng-Khee Chee and Thomas Schaller. He has exhibited his popular watercolors in New Jersey and Colorado and has work in private collections in the USA and Britain. Cuin is a Past President of the Evergreen Artists' Association (EAA) and has also served on the Boards of various local art organizations including the Art Center Advisory Board and Center for the Arts in Evergreen (CAE), being instrumental in its inception. For twenty years, Cuin has taught watercolor classes and workshops for the EAA, the Evergreen Parks & Recreation Dept., CAE, the Foothills Art Center, Golden, privately, and in the UK. David founded Evergreen's Open Studio Tour.
Cuin's skills in glassmaking are entirely self-taught being fostered by a natural curiosity and a technical background. As well as teaching the skills and technology of the medium, he has gained respect for the uniquely Colorado art glassware that has been available in up to 13 galleries over 20 years and has been shipped to many countries worldwide. More recently he has used the skills to make attractive cabochons for his jewelry by recycling waste glass.
Jewelry is a new departure and again self-taught. Classic silversmith techniques have produced individual pieces that have found their way to many parts of the US and to Britain. Modern wire-wrapping techniques offer a new avenue of approach that appeals due to its use of simple materials and tools to produce things of beauty.
As well as his book on color, Cuin co-authored and produced "Seasons of Evergreen," a photo journal of his hometown that sold out two printings. For 5 years he has also contributed a monthly page on various topics to a Colorado magazine.