G. David Campbell

"Old East Cookeville Barn"
Art Title: 
"Old East Cookeville Barn"
Friends of the First Presbyterian Church, Cookeville
East Entrance, North Wall

Rev. David Campbell was born in Washington state but lived his early years in western Pennsylvania. After high school graduation in Pennsylvania, he attended Maryville College in Tennessee. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh. After serving as pastor of churches in Pennsylvania, he moved to Rockwood, Tenn., as pastor of a church there. In 1967, he moved to Cookeville, Tenn., where he was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church for 28 years. He is now retired and lives in Maryville, Tenn.

Campbell has always been interested in art and has pursued art training throughout his life as a minister, studying with such artists as John Pellew, Tony van Hasselt, and Tom Lynch. He has had many one-person exhibits and has received recognition for his paintings. Campbell is responsible for many of the advancements and successes of art in this region, including the Cumberland Art Society, the Cookeville Arts Council, and other organizations that supported the arts.

Campbell’s paintings usually reflect his environment. His ability to interpret the familiar sights of Tennessee has made him a favored painter whose work is desired. He described his work as follows: “I have a special interest in rural scenes, old houses, churches, broken-down barns and the like. I paint them realistically, but with a special effort to enhance their character by adjusting the shape, color and design of the picture.”