David Mensing’s earliest memories involve drawing. His mother still recounts amazement at his natural ability, even as a young boy, to properly locate arms and legs on active figures.
Early in his childhood, Mensing began to develop a deep appreciation for open landscapes and wild places. He grew up in Iowa, surrounded by wide prairies and carefully groomed cornfields. He recalls that the people of Iowa recognized the sustenance they received from the land, and respect for the land was foundational in the culture.
Family camping, backpacking and biking trips cultivated the artist’s love of wild places, and no experience had as much influence as his first trips to the west. Mensing can still remember being overcome by the thrill of seeing the Rocky Mountains rise above the horizon as they drove across Colorado. When he moved to the west as a young man, he became captivated by its raw beauty.
David Mensing’s ambition is to know and share that beauty through his work. For him, it is a thrill simply to be in natural places, and it is even more thrilling to capture the experience as a work of art. Striving to contain any moment brings wonderful assurance that the experience is too profound to ever really be contained.
At times, he has been distracted by his other gifts. Mensing has also worked professionally as a camp director, architect and pastor. He has been certified as a white-water rafting guide, and at one time, he was a talented pole vaulter. In all of his pursuits, he has tried to do work that is unreasonably good.
David Mensing lives in South Central Idaho with his wife and their three children.