Artist interweaves love for daughter, father into work

Published 9:28 am Thursday, July 2, 2015

Submitted photo.

Submitted photo.

GOSHEN, Ind. — “Poppies for Poppy” is a mixed media series that David Kendall has been producing throughout the past two years.

“Shortly after our daughter, Poppy, was born, I was moved to create art pieces inspired by her innocence and jovial spirit,” Kendall said. “Poppies for Poppy” is a series of art pieces that incorporate the poppy flower into vibrant and layered compositions.”

Poppy was named after Kendall’s father-in-law who was affectionately known as “Popie” (an endearing term for papa). Popie passed away shortly before his granddaughter, Poppy, was born. Kendall is producing this series as a means to interweave the connections between these two important people in his family’s lives — two who did not get the opportunity to meet.

“The Poppy flower stands not only as a symbol that represents my daughter, but also as a symbol of hope for the future,” Kendall said.

Kendall Studio typically is open by appointment, but will be open to the public for two days to showcase the “Poppies for Poppy” exhibit. Originals will be on display for sale and viewing. Prints, phone cases and textiles are available online at

“Poppies for Poppy” by David Kendall will run from 5 to 9 p.m. First Friday, Aug. 7, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Kendall Studio, which is located in Art House at 211 1/2 South Main St., in Goshen.

David Kendall is an award winning visual artist, filmmaker, and teacher from Goshen, Indiana. He earned a bachelor of science in art education from Ball State University and an MFA in film and television from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Kendall has integrated his passion for art, filmmaking and teaching over the last two decades and has received accolades in these arenas.

“I see visual art as a powerful way of communicating both ideas and emotions,” Kendall said. “Whether painting, drawing, or working in mixed media, I like to keep a sense of humor at the core of my work.”