Dave Pollot

I grew up loving to paint. When I was a kid, I’d use whatever paint I could find to paint pictures on old cardboard, as canvas was expensive and hard to come by. I always imagined becoming a professional artist, but I also liked math, science, and problem solving- so my career path took an interesting turn, and I graduated college with a degree in Computer Science in 2005. I stopped painting for a few years while starting life in the professional world, but later found that I needed a way to balance my right-brained world.

My story didn't really get interesting until 2010, when I met a quirky young lady named Becca. Becca loved (still does) nothing more than to shop at thrift stores, and very often, she’d drag me along with her. On one such trip, we joked about how fun it would be to paint funny things into some of the more (or less) interesting pieces of abandoned thrift art. We laughed this off until about a week later when Becca returned home from a thrift shop excursion with a painting. I was instantly hooked.

Before I began repurposing discarded thrift art, I painted more “serious” architectural paintings and landscapes. While I loved this, I found that I got bored very quickly (which resulted in about three completed paintings a year). Bringing new life to old art, though, brings interesting challenges with each new piece. I try to make my “additions” (which are often references to and parodies of my favorite movies and video games) look as though they were there the entire time. With a world so full of serious questions, I'm just trying to let viewers laugh as they construct their own narrative from some new oil paint humorously added to some old, neglected bit of Americana.