David E. Rowell’s interest in art and photography began as a young boy. He took numerous classes at the art museum in his hometown and excelled in art in both primary and secondary school. He went on to study art, photography and design at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Upon graduation, David pursued a career in design and photography along with creating his art. He and his wife, Barbara, also an artist, established a successful branding, design and commercial photography agency. However, with the early onset of a profound hearing loss, David made a choice to devote himself to his fine art photography. As he was drawn to the peace and serenity of the coast, he began to express the relationship of his nearly silent world and the solitude and vastness of the sea through minimal compositions, soft lighting and creative exposure techniques.

David’s award-winning photographs have been selected for exhibit in galleries, museums and juried art fairs throughout the United States. His work is in countless private collections and many corporate collections including the Bascom Palmer Institute/University of Miami Healthcare, The Disney Corporation, INVEST/jackson National Life Insurance Co. and others.

David continues to explore the subtle affinity of shore, sea and sky as captured through his camera lens.



Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (FL) Juried Art Fair – Third Place, 2017

Vero Beach Art Association Under the Oaks Fine Art Festival – Award of Excellence, 2017

ArtsQuest, Sandestin FL – Second Place, 2016

Lowe Art Museum Beaux Arts Festival, Miami, FL – Second Place Photography 2016

ArtsQuest, Sandestin, FL – Award of Merit, 2015

Westport (CT) Juried Art Fair – First Place Photography, 2014

ArtsQuest, Sandestin, FL – Award of Excellence, 2014

Westport (CT) Juried Art Fair – First Place Photography, 2013

ArtsQuest, Seaside, FL – Third Place, 2013

ArtsQuest, Seaside, FL – Best in Photography, 2011

Images, New Smyrna Beach, FL – Award of Commendation, 2011

Bar Harbor Fine Art Festival, Bar Harbor, ME – Best of Show, 2010

ArtsQuest, Seaside, FL – Award of Excellence, 2010

Disney Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL – Purchase Award 2010

Lowe Art Museum Beaux Arts Festival, Miami, FL – First Place Photography 2010

IPA International Photography Competition – Honorable Mention 2009

Disney Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL – Third Place, Photography 2009

Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami FL – First Place Photography 2009

Chastain Park Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA – Best of Show 2009

Space Coast Arts Festival, Cocoa Beach, FL – Award of Merit 2009, 2008

Florida Artists Show, Avalon Island Gallery, Orlando FL – Honorable Mention 2008