Our first phase of Art on the Trail, a celebration of Landscapes inspired by the LHT, has come to a close. Now, it’s time to celebrate those inspiring contributions from local artists – professional and amateur, across various media, each creator taken with different scenes along our 22 miles of trail. Currently, we are accepting new art featuring LHT Waterways. Keep creating, we can’t wait to see your work. And, be sure to check out previously featured artists in our gallery for inspiration.

LHT Art on the Trail David Morhaim

David Morhaim, courtesy of the artist

Meet David Morhaim – a Lawrenceville resident who works in photography retouching at an advertising agency in New York City. Drawn to both photography and sketching, David has studied, exhibited, and experimented with art for over 40 years.

LHT: Can you share a biography or Artist’s Statement?
David: I currently live in Lawrenceville and work as a photo-retoucher for Ogilvy (an ad agency in Manhattan, where I’ve worked for over 30 years). Since age 11, over 40 years ago, I’ve been drawing and doing photography, in both analog and digital realms. Along the way I’ve attended multiple art schools, held various art-related positions, filled over 60 sketch pads with musicians and New York City subway people, had art shows at local libraries and restaurants, written and illustrated four children’s books, and done murals and large-scale wall installations. While my art continues to evolve and grow, the one constant is that most of my work and free time has been dedicated, in some way, to either drawing or photography. Even when I retire from the “rat race,” I know I’ll never stop following those two disciplines.

LHT: How long have you been creating? What inspired you to start or restart creating art?
David: I’ve been doing visual art (drawing or photography) for over 40 years. My Mom was a talented painter and my Dad did photography, so I guess in a way I was following them.

LHT: What is your preferred medium or media?
David: When I shoot, I use a full-sensor Canon 5D, Mark III. When I do illustration it’s either pen and ink with watercolor washes, or pencil drawings scanned and colored in Photoshop.

LHT: Is all your artwork inspired by nature?
David: My photography focuses on nature first (pardon the pun!), but I also like to shoot architecture, cars, guitars, and various textures.

LHT: What about the LHT inspires you? What are your favorite segments?
David: The LHT is a never-ending source of things to shoot. The seasonal and weather changes keep me coming back. Favorite segments are mostly within the Pole Farm area, but I also really enjoy the back side of Rosedale Park.

LHT Art on the Trail David Morhaim Gift of Fog

The Gift of Fog, courtesy of the artist

LHT Art on the Trail David Morhaim Pole Farm Sunrise

Pole Farm Sunrise, courtesy of the artist

LHT: How did you discover the LHT?
David: When we moved to Lawrenceville in September of 2001, I used to drive my newborn son around after his early morning feeding in hopes of getting him back to sleep. It was one of those drives when I stumbled upon Rosedale Park. So, I’ve been hiking the trails since before the LHT was officially founded.

LHT: Do you have advice or messages for other artists (adults, kids, novices, pros) encouraging them to get outside and create art inspired by the LHT?
David: If you’re interested in learning to draw, the best book is “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. Fair warning, at first, it’s frustrating. But stick with the exercises and I guarantee you’ll be such a better draftsperson after a few months. If you’re a photographer: Shoot what you like. The best work will always start there.

LHT Art on the Trail David Morhaim Pole Farm Fog

Pole Farm Fog, courtesy of the artist

LHT Art on the Trail David Morhaim Rosedale Winter

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LHT Art on the Trail David Morhaim Rosedale

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LHT Art on the Trail David Morhaim Rosedale

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