David Arsenault was first captivated by art in 1970 when he discovered a reproduction of Edward Hopper's painting Gas in a grade school library book. However, it wasn’t
until the early ‘90s—more than twenty years later—that a professor in his graphic arts program reintroduced him to Hopper’s work and he decided to study painting. The early influence had it's effect
on him to the degree that The Wall Street Journal wrote that "Some of Mr. Arsenault’s paintings could pass for works by Edward Hopper.”
He studied painting at the University at Albany (NY). Since 1993 when he first began showing, David has had or participated in over one hundred fifty local, regional, and national exhibitions. He has shown in New York, Chicago, on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, and in Fairfield, Connecticut, and of course throughout upstate New York. His oil paintings, giclée prints, and reproductions are found in private and corporate collections across the United States, as well as in the permanent collection of the Schenectady (NY) Museum, and in England. Arsenault has also served as an exhibition juror, conducted painting demonstrations and critiques, published articles, and is a current member and former co-director of the Oakroom Artists, one of the United States oldest membership-by-invitation artist association.
David Arsenault is known for using large shapes, dramatic lighting, and strong color in creating a compelling sense of mood, time and place; each piece presents a quiet exploration of everyday life. Arsenault strives to describe instants of shared human experience by expressing the transformational qualities of light, a sense of deeply personal encounters, and the elusive “frozen moment" in time. He continues to be inspired by Cape Cod and by the relationship between nature and human beings.