D. Simpson Fine Art
Traditional Artist

Dave Simpson

“On the days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations...I have really good days"

--- Ray Wylie Hubbard, Singer/Songwriter

Dave Simpson was a child of the east, with one foot set in the past and his heart set firmly in the west. Growing up in the pine woods of North Florida, while other kids were collecting Superman, Batman, and Spiderman comics, he devoured the monthly adventures of Kid Colt and the Rawhide Kid. An avid reader, Dave is a fan of authors like Larry McMurtry, Craig Johnson, Louis L’Amour, and Zane Grey. He has never seen Star Wars but has watched every western that John Wayne ever made.

Dave lived for a time in the wild, sparsely populated open spaces of the Big Bend region of West Texas and traveled extensively throughout the southwestern United States. Settling in Oklahoma City in the mid-80s, on a dare, he took a contract from a bail bondsman to track, arrest and return a fugitive from the border region of Northern Mexico. He claims that it was the first of many bad decisions that he would make for the next thirty years.

For the next three decades, his day job as a bounty hunter served the purposes of keeping a roof over his family’s head and food on the table, but art was never far from Dave’s mind. He woke up one morning in 2016, both literally and figuratively. Before breakfast, and without a second thought, Dave made the decision to walk away from the bail bond business in order to pursue his dream of being a full-time artist. He has never looked back.

Mostly self-taught, Dave works primarily in pastel and acrylics. His subjects are typically the people and animals that depict western and Native American culture, both old and new. A few of the artists that inspire him are Harley Brown, Bruce Greene, G. Harvey, Tim Cox, Carrie Ballantyne, and almost any member of the Cowboy Artists of America.

A portion of the proceeds from Dave’s work is donated to charities dealing with PTSD and veteran/law enforcement suicide.


A friend once commented that I have lived the kind of life that young men dream of and that old men wished that they had led. I’m not sure that’s true, but I do know that I didn’t live the life that I dreamed of. However, my dad also told me that, when you live your life without any rules, you’re not entitled to regrets. So I have none.

There’s really no deep meaning behind my art. I paint and draw things that I love. I paint the life that I dreamed of as a kid. When I sit down at the easel, I hope that the result will make someone smile or bring back a memory. Even better, perhaps the viewer will come to love the same things that I do. But if I have to explain my work, then one of us, through no fault of our own, has probably wandered into the wrong doggone place.

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