Hi my name is David Kostreva.  Art has been part of my life since I could walk.  My parents built a number of houses when I was very young and they told me that I would be drawing pictures of Scotty dogs on the drywall walls as high as I could reach.  When I was 10 my Mom signed me up for oil painting lessons at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  In high school I won the annual art contests.  I then developed an interest in photography while in Vietnam and through college.  My photographs helped me to pay for some of my college expenses by showing and selling at Art Fairs throughout Wisconsin.  While in graduate school studying science I did all of the illustrations for my scientific presentations and publications.  I continued in this vein during my tenure on the medical school faculty and my time in corporate positions.  Now that I am retired, I am pursuing art on an almost full time basis.  Over the past two years I have taken courses in Digital Photography, Animation, Chinese, Graphic Design, Foundry, Welding, Materials and Processes and 5 in Sculpture.  All were taken at the University of Cincinnati.  All the sculpture work seen in this website was done in the past 14 months.  I think I have found a niche  for my creative talents besides science which I have actually forgotten how to spell.

As you probably can tell from the narratives I have written for some of my work, I have a deep spiritual commitment to my faith.  Much of fine art today has a requirement for narrative expressing the artist’s meaning behind each piece.  This is especially true for post-modern works of art.  This gives me free license to express my inner motivations for developing the pieces I create.  I happen to love Jesus, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  I have depended upon Him throughout my entire life.  Galations 2:20 from the NIV says  ”I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”.  My motivation to create art is to use my gifts to point people to God, to let them know that they can have hope for eternal life, peace that passes all understanding,  joy in the midst of earthly trials, know that God has a purpose and plan for their lives and that is to glorify Him in all that we do as we love Him with all our hearts souls and minds.



David Kostreva