David R. Wagner, a lifelong resident of Connecticut, attended Black Hills Teachers College and University of Connecticut, and received
a degree in History from Eastern Connecticut State College. A self-taught and versatile artist, Mr. Wagner's media include acrylic on
canvas paintings and pen & ink illustrations. His subjects include portraits, still lifes, landscapes, Native American scenes, and representations of historical events, most notably:
- Historical series depicting the activities of the French and Continental Armies during the American Revolution. The finished
collection will cover all eight states traversed by Washington and Rochambeau during their campaigns, and will number well over 100 paintings (ongoing).
- A collection of 102 paintings depicting the history of the Eastern Woodland peoples, commissioned by the Mohegan Tribe in Uncasville, Connecticut.
- The Newgate Copper Mine and Prison Series of five murals.
- The Lebanon Historical Series of six murals in Lebanon, Connecticut.
- The Gannett Series of 32 paintings of historical events at University of Connecticut at Avery Point in Groton, Connecticut.
- A 12'x16' mural of the Battle of Groton Heights in City Hall in Groton, Connecticut.
- Single murals in the towns of Lisbon, Griswold, and Plainfield, Connecticut.
- A series of 16 paintings of the Tribal Elders in the collection at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut.
- Several paintings at the Black Heritage Society in Providence, Rhode Island.
- A 56' mural of the "Peoples of the World" at the corporate headquarters of Ace International in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- A portrait of the Captain of The Black Watch in Perth, Scotland.
Various other compositions are in private collections, including a portrait of Bishop Mulvey of Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. Mr.
Wagner's work is also found in a number of books and publications. Among the most recent are "Mystic Fiasco: How The Indians Won The Pequot War," "Makiawisug: The Gift of the Little People" and "In My Back Yard."
Mr. Wagner currently resides in Scotland, Connecticut with his wife and family.