David Noah Giles was born and raised in New York City. He attended public schools and grew up in the borough of Queens. His mother was a painter and inspired him to be an artist. He has been painting and drawing from a young age.
He majored in Painting in the BFA program of the State University at New Paltz, New York. There he painted under Professor Joop Sanders, a protege of Wilem de Kooning. He also studied painting and drawing with Professor Alex Minewski, who had studied with Hans Hoffman and Nicolaides (author of The Natural Way to Draw).
Then to broaden his horizons he and his friend traveled by bus from New York to Mexico City, Guadalajara and San Miguel de Allende. After paying homage to Orozco he traveled to the San Fransisco Bay Area where he settled there for 20 years. He was awed by the spectacular natural beauty of the state and decided to make it his home. Living in the Bay Area with its' eclectic culture and history of visual arts and music has had a lasting influence on him. He further developed his painting and art history knowledge making use of its' great book stores and libraries, His friends were poets, artists and musicians they would often meet at Caffe' Trieste, in North Beach, one of the original espresso cafes on the West Coast. David always had his large sketchbook and pens with him where ever he went in the city.
After nearly 20 years in SF he made his way to the Great Pacific Northwest in the early 1990's. He stayed in Seattle and set up a studio in his house in the Ravenna neighborhood near the University of Washington. He taught art and painted houses for a living. His devotion to his art work was and is continuous.
His beliefs are rooted in a devotion to art history and the importance of the artists' contribution to our culture and society. He has formed a concrete philosophy that underlines his views and purpose as an artist and his place in the world.
Over the years his work has evolved from figurative into primarily abstract or non-figurative work. He still paints portraits and landscapes whenever he feels the inspiration to do so.
He has been in several exhibitions over the years and continues to seek out new venues to show. David lives in Tumwater Washington a neighboring town next to Olympia, the state capital.
He paints in his home studio where he lives with his wife C.J. Swanson who is an artist and designer.