Del was born and raised in California. He is married and the father of three children. After college he began what he considers an ongoing life style of being self-taught. During his late twenties, he began his own sign/graphics business. Later he became art director for two electric sign corporations, one being the nationís largest. He has freelanced doing full color architectural renderings for architects and developers in California and Nevada.
For many years Del has had a strong passion for the ocean. He is continually drawn by its power, beauty and peacefulness. Del began painting the sea years ago and its continual changing moods. To be able to respectfully capture the ocean on canvas, Del continually studies photographs and videos that he has taken depicting different times and seasons of the year. But, he says, ďNothing takes the place of sitting before its beauty and receiving all that it has to give.Ē
He creates romantic seascapes with dramatic skies and powerful scenes that capture the surf crashing onto the rocks and flowing onto the sandy shore. He, also, features majestic clipper ships, graceful yachts, as well as, unique lighthouses in his paintings.
Del gives credit for his talent and creativity to God, the creator of what he paints. He desires not only to represent nature but, also, to capture its emotions. He believes the illumination of light in the painting is just as important as the composition itself. Del is self taught but is inspired by the old masters such as Thomas Moran, Frederic E. Church, Albert Bierstadt and others.
Many of Delís paintings feature beautiful scenes from Big Sur, Point Lobos and the Monterey Bay Peninsula, which is where he and his wife, Shirley, reside. Having lived in Incline Village at Lake Tahoe, he has also directed the same intense study to painting the beautiful and romantic Lake Tahoe, as well as, breathtaking waterfalls.
Delís paintings have been represented in three prominent art galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. He has owned and operated his own art galleries in Carmel-by-the-Sea, and on Cannery Row in Monterey, California.