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Every now and then an artist comes along who reminds me why I like painting so much. David Wells Roth is such an artist. He has the rare ability to choose just those features from the raw materiel of his subjects that result in compelling and absorbing images. Especially noteworthy is Roth's skill in manipulating light. He not only uses it to bathe the subject's forms with a unifying illumination, he creates a time of day and even a mood, often melancholy, that we who have lived and wandered the streets of big cities, know well. Roth's paintings reveal a savvy and caring mind at work; they are so well drawn, composed, and felt. In the best of his paintings (and they are many)
I find those qualities we associate with serious mastery.

Remarks by the Painter, Author and Teacher
Nathan Goldstein NA,