dave santillanes

Mastrius Master Artist

“By the time I was in high school, I knew I wanted to be a full-time artist… the ‘free’ kind of artist, the kind that worked for themselves and painted what they wanted to paint.” 

After high school graduation, #mastriusmaster DAVE SANTILLANES decided to see if maybe, just maybe, he could do what he dreamed and make a living as an artist. Packing up his car with his paintings, he hit the road, stopping at every mountain town gallery around Denver. Long story short, Dave didn’t receive the warm welcome he hoped for.

Artwork by Dave Santillanes

A full time painter now for over two decades, Dave’s work is easily recognized and admired for its simplicity, depth, and demonstration of both painting technique and vision. “My paintings follow the notion that if everyone’s shouting no one is heard. I use grays to allow other more intense colors to be heard.”

His work consistently earns high praise and elite awards, is published in leading art magazines, and hung in galleries throughout the USA.

Artwork by Dave Santillanes
Artwork by Dave Santillanes

“I’ll just say there are no shortcuts… But it allowed me to come to terms with the fact that if I wanted to achieve my dreams, I’d have to be in it for the long haul. I’d have to really want it.

And want it, he did. Between work shifts for the next almost 20 years, Dave dedicated himself to mastering the big principles of color and design until he developed his own way of putting down paint and left his day job for good.


Artwork by Dave Santillanes

EMERGING ARTISTS: sign up now for live, personal mentoring with Dave starting this Fall! He is an amazing guide to walk with you through the challenges of working as an artist and developing both your painting prowess and personal vision.

Be mentored monthly by Dave from your own studio!

Author: Mastrius
Date: May 12, 2022

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