Leading American watercolorist, David Coolidge began his career in his native state of Nebraska where he received his BFA degree from Drake University. Passing up a teaching career there, he came to Philadelphia in 1965 to devote his time to becoming a painter. He studied with his cousin, the noted illustrator John Falter and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. It was in Philadelphia that Coolidge developed an appreciation for architectural monuments, historical landmarks, and other reminders of America’s past.
In the late 60’s, Coolidge received his MFA degree from Tyler School of Art in Rome, a division of Temple University. Since that time he has traveled widely creating historic scenes from trips to Europe, the Caribbean, and rural America. His work in Bermuda and exhibitions there have earned a devoted following among those who appreciate his romantic island vistas.
Coolidge has been honored by invitational exhibits at Walt Disney World, the Columbia Museum of Art, the American College of Life Underwriters, and the Union League of Philadelphia, among others. His commissions include Hershey Foods, the J.M. Smuckler Company, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the 1981 U.S. Open Golf Championship at Merion, Pennsylvania, and numerous other corporations and organizations.
As a leading figure in American watercolor art, David Coolidge has won many awards and prizes. He is a distinguished member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club and the American Watercolor Society and he is featured in Who’s Who in American Art. Among his many important commissions have been for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the 1981 U.S. Open Golf Tournament, and the DuPont Corporation.