All are invited to visit Moos Gallery to explore David Croasdaile’s exhibit, opening Oct. 10 and closing Nov. 11.
David Croasdaile’s life has been a layered one, not unlike his art. In both, there’s a balance between intellect and whim, planning and unpredictability. His paintings, both careful and ebullient, will be on exhibit in this second installation in Western Reserve Academy’s Moos Gallery.
A self-described "math and science guy," Croasdaile, from Chagrin Falls, was an applied math major at Union College after he graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 1981. But something surprising from his time at Reserve stuck: a love for art, inspired by faculty member Bill Moos.
"I took art every year at Reserve," he said. "And, I can remember walking into family members’ houses and silently critiquing what hung on their walls. I knew somewhere deep down there was an artist."
Still, like many of us, Croasdaile took a more predictable path as his career took flight in software consulting. But life in Ohio and several years in San Francisco, travel and curiosity continued to plant seeds for what would later become passionate projects.
Croasdaile summarizes his work as control versus chaos.
The control comes from thousands of pieces of tape, laid on canvas in patterns and in multiple layers. This is a time-intensive process that delivers a look that Croasdaile equates to the pixels on a computer screen.
The chaos comes when Croasdaile splashes paint onto the canvas atop the geometric designs.
"I try something new every time I’m working on a project," he said. "Innovation is considered instrumental to science, but it also is to art."
Admittedly, Croasdaile says he likes the unpredictable nature of his art, not sure exactly what a finished product will look like and having no prescribed path to get there.
"In math and science you can’t make a mistake," he said. "Art is open, and one plus one can equal anything I want it to."
The idea of control versus chaos became a theme — and a launchpad — in Croasdaile’s own life.
After some medical setbacks rendering him unable to continue with his career, Croasdaile had to come to grips with leaving the workforce and retiring early. Listening to him describe how his life changed might be difficult if not for what was on the other side — the impetus to finally be an artist.
"I exercise every day, but painting has become a great outlet to for me to pursue my next passion. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have this," Croasdaile said. "My house has become my studio and I see inspiration everywhere. While I am really drawn to the French impressionists of the 19th century, and more specifically the pointillists like Seurat and Signac, I am also inspired by patterns in every day life, whether it is walking down the street in Hudson, or thinking about time spent on California Avenue in Telluride."
Croasdaile’s show in the Moos Gallery will include 10 pieces; he works on eight to 10 canvases at a time, spending multiple hours every day on his art.
"If you can find what you love and it doesn’t feel like work, that is a life well lived," he said.
The WRA Moos Gallery, located in The Knight Fine Arts Center, is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information visit WRA.Net.