elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

David W. Haskins: A life for art with happy ending

1955 Born in Framingham, Massachusetts USA January 14th, a Capricorn. Mother broke water in Woolworth's! Being her fourth child, she thought she had it down.

1960 - 1970 Excelled in art and math in grade school. Sketching and a passion for cars were a favorite pastime. Warm feelings for adult men.

1971 - 1972 Junior and senior high school years, tried heterosexuality… didn't like it. Always thought something was missing. Began sketching men.

1969 - 1972 Trained to be an architect but pot smoking got in the way of learning calculus. Excelled in art, biology and technical drawing.

1973 - 1975 Attended Babson Institute for business education at parents suggestion. Hell, that's all they'd pay for! Took art appreciation courses as electives.

1976 Blasted out of the closet when mother discovered her naked son with then current suckbuddy, post orgasmic. Father vomits.

1976 - 1989 Love relationship with Cliff Chirgwin lasts thirteen hard working, hard partying years. Both Cliff's and Dave's parents came to accept their sons' sexuality.

1976 - 1987 Serve time and much effort in family owned Oldsmobile dealership in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Began cleaning toilets, proceeded through all positions in the Parts Department and all clerical and managerial positions in the Service department. Last three years held the position of Service and Parts Director along with being on the Board of Directors. Instrumental in the computerization of the entire dealership operation. Lusted after most of the technicians…

1978 Designed and built passive solar home with lover, Cliff on a 17 acre lot in Holliston, Massachusetts, a dream come true for both of us.

1976 - 1985 Helped run three successive suburban gay social clubs, hosting many events in our home in the woods. Cliff and Dave had met at one of these meetings.

1987 Decision made to leave family business due to a ceiling to advancement caused by a then homophobic uncle and a need to pursue a CAREER IN ART.

1988 Courses in artistic anatomy at Boston Museum School of Fine Art.

1988 In September, lover, Cliff was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Five months of chemotherapy, radiation and David's full time care could not help. Cliff's liver failed causing body death on February 5th, 1989. David realized Cliff's spirit move from his body and float above… giving them both proof of the life after.

1989 resumed art courses at Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, Massachusetts under the tutorage of Boston artist, Michael Dowling. Training in drawing, painting, pastels, landscape painting, fresco, and TEN semesters of Figure Drawing.

1989 - 1991 Executor of past lover Cliff's estate, 26 months of red tape and TAXES.

1989 -1992 Two mismatched rebound relationships. Gave them both a real good try but I had to terminate them (the relationships, not the ex-lovers).

August 1990 - while attempting to purchase a life insurance product, blood test results revealed an HIV+ status. Devasting emotionally at first, but got through it. And I am still around and very healthy.

1992 -1993 fell in love with a lusty, hairy, farmboy stud. Purchased and renovated a circa-1900 bayside cottage in Hull, Massachusetts with year round over bay sunset views. This lover, David C. Anderson, at 41 succumbed to complications of AIDS, twenty-one short sweet months after this relationship began.

1993 August brought the unexpected meeting of Danny, WHILE CRUISING FOR ANONYMOUS SEX IN A NOTORIOUS MASSACHUSETTS PARK. (After 16 years together, in 2010 we've chosen different residences. Both husband Robert and I love Danny emensely as one of our closest friends.)

1994 A horrible storm filled New England winter helped make the decision to move to SOUTH BEACH very easy.

1994 Missing creative drawing, took figure drawing class at South Florida Art Center. Frustrated by having to draw too many women models. AND THEIR TITS.

1995 Purchase South Beach condominium after falling in love with the neighborhood and its then bohemian/international atmosphere.

1995 August: Began hiring local gay men to pose for current series of artwork in pencil, charcoals and pastels. What a blast to FINALLY be doing what I was born to do!

1996 Eight works displayed as part of the international symposium GAY DESIRE at the Mantel Inn hotel lounge, South Beach, during the entire month of April. Continued drawing more hot men…

1997 Published in HOTSPOTS! magazine on March 14, a two page spread featuring six works. Still more men sprawled in front of my easel.

1997 One-man art show BODY LANGUAGE at nightclub SALVATION, May 10th,featuring three works in the downstairs entry lounge and eight more dramatically lit upstairs. Over 1000, mostly men, some questionable, were exposed to David's work for the first time. Many returned to particular pieces that moved them. This night was an incredible ego boost.

1997 - 1998 Works displayed at the gallery ART FRENZIE in Wilton Manors / Fort Lauderdale throughout the tourist season culminating with a one-man show displaying 42 works during February 1998. Good exposure, sales made…even found two new models!

1998 Published in SCOOP magazine on March 18th. Drew my first man in leather.

1998 Display of works at THE EROS LOFT GALLERY in Pompano Beach, August 1998 to March 2002.

1998 Display of works at CATALOG X in South Beach, September 1998 to June 2000.

February 15th 1999 - 3:00 AM The Male Art of David W. Haskins website launched.

February 28th 1999 - Six works installed in the amazing gay male artist virtual gallery: El Museo del Gayo From Spain, this virtual gallery had fantastic art in 15 galleries including over 100 gay artists ranging from Michaelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci to contempory artists such as David Hockney, Michael Leonard and Douglas Simonson. To have my work included among these heavy hitters blew me away. Unfortunately Spanish critics have brought down this wonderful site many times and currently it is not running.

After five weeks on the net, my website is trashed on March 23rd 1999 by phobic minister at Fortune City. Advise: Don't bother creating a site with any nudity at this phobic company.

March 30, 1999 - With some help from net friends, I was informed about my 2nd webserver and the site was running soon after again.

April 1, 1999 - The artpiece, THREE STUDIES OF JIMMY is published on the front page of Miami South Beach's WIRE magazine, the longest running weekly publication on South Beach.

April 2, 1999 - Published in HOTSPOTS! mag, Florida's largest gay publication. Art work featured: HE LIKES WHAT HE SEES.

1999 Creating a few more original pieces with more hot men, including the hairiest muscular man and the most experienced sexy man I've ever drawn...both pieces in my 1999 Artwork gallery.

Years 2000 to 2002 - After living & creating in a cramped Miami Beach condo Danny & I moved to a home in Shorecrest, the most northeast neighborhood in the city of Miami, also one of the oldest and quietest. Besides a large very private yard, the property has a large bright room for my studio. My house partner Danny and I spent many months removing many unfortunate design elements (including horrid popcorn ceilings in 7 of the rooms) of the former owners and made the property our own with many rare sub tropical plants, fresh paint & refinished terrazzo floors. Updated electrical with lots of track lighting now showcase much of my artwork. As of May 2002 we finished painting all of the interior rooms and finished the design and execution of a tropical version of Monet's gardens. We have a new standing seam aluminum roof and fresh exterior paint. In winter months, the back yard is proving to be a wonderful backdrop for my handsome models.

January 23, 2001 - My father, E. Douglas Haskins passed away after a major stroke 6 days earlier. He was a wonderful warm funny man who cared for his family above all else. He trusted me to be his estate executor to ensure the well being of my mother in her last years and his four children. We all miss him dearly. My father helped make it possible for me to continue along my creative path.

September 30th, 2001 - website relaunched for the third time with the now defunkt Arishost.com.

In 2002, I was finally back at my easle but not enough.

December 29, 2002 - My mother, Mary G. Haskins passed away after a nasty fall earlier that month. Mary was a determined mother, grandmother, great grandmother, a loyal wife and a credit to her community. She devoted most of spare time to volunteering in various charitable organizations including The American Red Cross and her church. She was politically involved in town politics as a town meeting member for over 30 years and campaigned for others she deemed worthy. Her love of gardening certainly transferred to me. Her fiesty loving spirit will always be part of me.

With both parents gone in less than two years, the early months of 2003 left me feeling quite disoriented. I had no idea that their passings would have such a strong emotional impact on my middle aged life. Doug and Mary were amazing role models for me and after some adjustment, so supportive of my different paths in life. I'll forever be indebted to them.

November 29, 2003 - Hosted a gallery night for a South Florida gay male nudist club. Two friends, who are members, convinced me to have this gallery night to showcase my art. The club supplied the wine and cheese, etc. Ninety men came to disrobe, view my art and be sociable. Two men bought art and I got 5 new models from contacts from the evening. The profits ($5.00 Door fees minus expenses) were donated to a local shelter for HIV+ homeless in Miami.

As of December 2003 five of the club's members have posed for me. Hadn't been this busy with my art for over 4 years and it feels GREAT. The folks' estate business plus our home/garden renovations really cut into my artwork time during the last few years. Now that the vast majority of those jobs are finished, it really feels like it's my time to fly...AND I AM!

Early 2004 - Back in art creation mode regularly and also ramping up for web site improvements (now employed) and preparations for production of affordable reproductions of many artworks.

April 3, 2004 Affordable high quality photo prints in sizes from 5X7 to 20X30 available of 49 (now over 159) works through business partner Shutterfly.com. Note cards and more are available of the same images as the photo prints displayed at the Shutterfly site.

2005 - The first half of '05 was very busy with creation of new works. The second half was less so due to family matters which needed attending to.
February 10 thru June 27, 2006- 13 pieces displayed at The Boy Bar 1220 Normandy Drive Miami Beach, Florida

September 2006 - A wonderful hot man from Minnesota contacted me through a gay dating site and immediately caught my attention. After furious communication over a few weeks by email and phone, we realized we had to meet in person. So I flew up there in October '06 to meet him. Our 1st week together was best described as bliss. I then flew up every month through September '07, extending my time each visit and he flew down to Miami to spend the holidays.

Quickly we were 100% sure we are meant to be together and I find him to be the most vibrant, exciting man who's ever been interested in me. Our communication is amazing...bordering on psychic. My man eclipses all of the desired parameters of my fantasy partner. So logically, I find him irresistible and addictive.

When I met Robert he taught History of Interior design, Textiles, History of Architecture I and II, among other courses in Minnesota.

October 9 through Nov 16th 2006 - pieces displayed in the multi-artist "Art Erotica" exhibit at Art Expressions Gallery 1212 NE4th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33304

January 4th, 2007 through March 31. 2007 - 6 pieces displayed in a multi-artist exhibit at Art Expressions Gallery 1212 NE4th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33304

August 18th, 2007 - Robert's and my relationship progressed so incredibly well that we got legally married in Toronto!

In late September 2007 we moved my new husband to South Florida.

2010 Art production reduced due to a decision to move from Miami to Oakland Park, Florida. Both our previous home and new one needed seemingly endless repairs, upgrades and lots of painting. Months were devoted to these improvements. As of late June, I am finally back to my art business, updateing this site with 4 new works and ready to work with models again.


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