For Northwest artist David Repyak, art and life are all about relationship. “Struck at an early age by the beauty and power of the natural world.” David has spent this last year creating a new collection of portrait and landscape oil paintings, drawing on a lifetime of influence from the natural world and his connections to it. David, who earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., S.U. London Center, and his K-8 teaching certification from University of Washington, is a Montessori classroom teacher, an art teacher and an artist. He has studied with Mike Carson, Kara Bulloch, members of the American Watercolor Society and with professional artists from Gage Academy. David finds his inspiration in nature, and in collaboration with other artists. He has been a lead Elementary Teacher and Artist Educator with Washington elementary schools for the past decade. His goal as a teaching artist is to design and execute positive, educational and creative experiences for students and the local community. He believes that by placing more attention on process than on product, student artwork will lift the soul and inspire an understanding of life. He integrates curriculum, incorporates multi-cultural arts education as a teaching tool for self-discovery and cultural awareness. Art has the power to transform thinking and engage students in learning.