David Caton


                                                                                                                                          Photo Pat Whitty

Artist Statement


I moved from Houston to the Texas Hill country over 20 years ago and during that time I've focused on the rivers and streams of the Texas Hill country. I live about 15 minutes from Garner state park and frequently paint there focusing on water as my subject. I start by painting outside then I will often paint intermediate studies in the studio working out skies and compositions ultimately resulting in large final paintings. Big Bend national Park and big Bend Ranch State Park are also favorite subjects and I try to paint there three or four times a year. Additionally I enjoy painting in the Davis Mountains and occasionally travel to Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.


I owe much to my parents, friends, teachers, and patrons for the many years of support they have given me. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge Myrtle Caton – my very first teacher, and a fine portrait painter. Thanks to Richard Stout who opened my eyes and introduced me to Caspar David Friedrich. Thanks to Deborah Goolsby for friendship and support. And thanks to Harris Gallery, and Harrison Itz, for 26 years of representation. And thank you Johannes Birringer for 40 years of friendship, and for creating my first website. 


Most of all, I would like to recognize my old friend and teacher Bill Zaner who left us several years ago. Bill was a great painter and we miss his wit, humor and his advice.    David Caton



                                                                                                                   Photo Ralph Broadstreet


David began the study of painting during high school years in Houston, Texas, and later earned his BFA from the University of Houston before completing his MFA graduate studies at Yale University. Throughout these early years, he began to exhibit regularly and was also invited to be in group shows. He has since had numerous solo exhibitions, and his paintings are featured in corporate and private collections all over the country. He has received two National Endowments for the Arts and many other prestigious awards. David has a close affinity for the terrain of the west, especially that of Big Bend, Utah and Arizona. He travels to these areas regularly gathering plein air painting material for future paintings. He usually executes studies in oil or pastel before completing the larger canvases. His refined technique and love for depicting the grandeur and drama that exist in nature have generated works that are both monumental and compelling.

Johannes Birringer



BORN 1955 Pasedena, CA




1979 BFA, University of Houston, Houston, TX

1982 MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1981 Teaching Asst. to Gretna Campbell

1982 Teaching Asst. to Samia Halaby




2017 Solo show, Hunt Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

2016 Solo show, Reaves/Foltz Fine Art, Houston,Texas

2015 Introduction show, William Reaves Fine Art, Houston, Texas

2009 American Landscape Painting, Harris Gallery, Houston, Texas

2006 Holiday Open House, Harris Gallery, Houston, Texas

.........Cool Water II, Williams Tower, Houston,Texas

2004 David Caton and Bill Zaner, Harris Gallery, Houston

2003 Texas Artists, Texas Landscapes, Harris Gallery, Houston

2002 Group Exhibition, Harris Gallery, Houston

........ Group Exhibition, Williams Tower, Houston, Curator: Sally Sprout

2001 A Sense of Place, Williams Tower, Houston, Curator: Sally Sprout

.........David Caton & Libby Johnson, Harris Gallery, Houston

2000 ArtHouston Holiday Open House, Harris Gallery, Houston

.........Living and Working in Texas, Park Central VII, VIII and IX, Dallas

.........Texas Realism, Harris Gallery, Houston 

.........Opening Exhibition, Barbara Able Gallery, Santa Fe

.........Group Exhibition, Park Central VII, Dallas

1999 ArtHouston Holiday Open House, Harris Gallery, Houston

1998 ArtHouston Holiday Open House, Harris Gallery, Houston

1997 Second Annual Holiday Open House, Harris Gallery, Houston

.........Still Lifes, Transco Tower, Houston

.........Texas Landscapes, Transco Tower, Houston

1996 Intimate, Houston Area Small Works Exhibition, Davis Gallery/ Pennzoil 

.........Place Gallery, Houston

1995 One Man Show, Harris Gallery, Houston

.........Images of Big Bend, group exhibition, Harris Gallery, Houston

1994 Romancing The Land, group exhibition, Galveston Art Center, Galveston

.........Landscape Without Figures, group exhibition, Hooks Epstein Gallery, Houston

1993 Holiday Invitational, Small Works, Harris Gallery, Houston

.........The Nature of the Land, group landscape show, Harris Gallery, Houston

.........Fur, Fins, Feathers and More; A Multi-Media Menagerie, Galveston Art Center, Galveston

1991 The Still Life, Group Show, Harris Gallery, Houston

1990 One Man Exhibition, Harris Gallery, Houston

.........Bell Ross Gallery, Memphis

1988 Houston '88, Cullen Center, Houston

.........Bienville Gallery, New Orleans

1988 Wilhelm Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

.........Bell Ross Gallery, Memphis

1987 Bienville Gallery, New Orleans

........Wilhelm Gallery, Scottsdale

1986 Wilhelm Gallery, Houston

1986 Lawndale Lab Show, Lawndale Art & Performance Center, Houston

1985 Wilhelm Gallery, Houston

1984 Wilhelm Gallery, Houston

1983 Diverse Works Group Show, Houston

1982 Yale Art and Architecture Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

1981 Texas A&M University, MSU Gallery, College Station, Texas

1979 Max Hutchinson Gallery, Houston

.........Miniature Show, Lawndale Annex, University of Houston

.........Houston Invitational Painting, Max Hutchinson Gallery, Houston

1977 Houston Area Show, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston

1975 Annual Spring Exhibition, Cullen Center, Houston

.........Truair, Hornbuckle, Sellers, and Caton, One Allen Center Houston




1987 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant

1985 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant

1980 Ford Foundation Graduate Assistance Grant, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

1979 European Travel Grant, administered through the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

1974 Houston Post Scholastic Award, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston




Societe Generale, Dallas

Heritage Media, Dallas

West University Bank, Houston

Electronic Data Systems, Dallas

Chase Bank, Houston

Bank One, Houston

American General Corp., Houston

First City Bank, Houston

Dow Chemical, Houston

Transco Energy, Houston

Andrews Kurth, Houston

Schlumberger, Houston

Vinson & Elkins, Houston

Tenneco Inc., Houston

Texas A&M University, College Station

Bank of America, Houston

Quanex, Houston

Marathon Oil, Houston

USAA, San Antonio

Fidelity Investment, Denver 

Northern Trust, Dallas Duke Energy, Houston 

Chase Bank, San Antonio Northern Trust, Houston

Fidelity Investment, Houston 

Scott, Douglass & McConnico, Austin

Houssiere, Durant & Doussiere, Houston 

St. Luke’s Hospital, The Woodlands 

Hilton Americas, Houston

AGL Resources, Atlanta 

Watt, Beckworth & Thompson, Houston 

OmniAmerican Credit Union, Fort Worth 

MD Anderson Hospital, Houston

POGO, Midland 

Methodist Hospital, Houston

Chevron, Houston 

Northwestern University Hospital, Chicago

Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene 

Numerous Private Collections.


David Caton

contact address:


David Caton
P.O. Box 440
Utopia, TX 77884
tel.  830 522 2030                          
email: caton55 at yahoo.com




Texas Treasures Fine Art

605 S Main St.

Boerne TX. 78006

tel. 830 816 5335

website: www.texastreasuresfineart.com/


William Reaves Fine Art LLC

2143 Westheimer

Houston, TX. 77098

tel. +1 713 521 7500

website: http://reavesart.com


Hunt Gallery

4225 McCullough Ave

San Antonio, TX. 76212

tel. 210 822 6527

website: http://www.huntgallery.net


Below are a few selected reviews:


Southwest Art cover .jpg,featuring artwork by Caton, February 2005


“A Way with Water”, byBonnie Gangelhoff,Southwest Art.jpg, February 2005


AliceHerrin,Southwest Art.jpg,2002


"Sites of Light," by Johannes Birringer,Public News.jpg, February 1990


David Rive, New Orleans art review .jpg,May/June 1987


Critic's Choice,Houston Post.jpg, 1984/1985

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