David Waldrip was born in Jackson, Mississippi and is a life-long resident of the Jackson area. After 25 years of service he retired from state government. His first formal training in art came at Whitten Junior High School in the class of noted art teacher, Kenneth Quinn. In the early 1970’s, he attended Hinds Community College and graduated with an associate degree in art in 1974. His first experience with watercolor was in classes led by William Baggett at the R&D center in the mid 70’s and it was during this time that his love for transparent watercolor began. History and architecture have also been areas of keen interest for the artist. This is evident in his choice of subject matter. The artist strives to reflect a sense of regional history and to stir memories from where we have come. Waldrip has travelled countless miles on Mississippi's back roads gathering photographic reference material for his evocative paintings. The artist is committed to continually honing his style and technique. He meets, on a weekly basis, with the "Gaddis Group," a watercolor association in Fondren. He submitted for the first time to the Mississippi Grand National Watercolor Exhibition and his painting was accepted. When not painting, Waldrip has a passion for cross country motorcycle trips that have taken him through most of the United States and Canada. He has a keen love for animals and nature and life usually revolves around a dog. At his home, he maintains a small botanical garden that emphasizes old fashioned and native plants. Collectors will often find his dogs and plants used as subject matter in his paintings.