A Cedar City native and self-proclaimed “folk artist,” David Ence is self-taught and began painting as a hobby and means of self-expression in 1980 while living in California.
Ence works by experimentation, using a combination of watercolors, paper, and ink, incorporated into the techniques of painting, collaging, and drawing. Nature is an overarching motif and inspiration in all of his pieces, an inspiration drawn from his childhood in Southern Utah. Rocks, usually stacks of rocks, have a strong presence in many of his pieces, sometimes showing up in obvious places and other times they are hidden within the piece. Ence uses geometrical shapes, sometimes even using the same shape over and over, and grids as a way to satisfy his craving for order. He lives and works in Kanarraville, Utah.