Regional Artists - David Starbuck

Wrightsville Beach, NC

David Starbuck


After a 25-year career in the high tech and fast paced world of Silicon Valley, Starbuck traded in his coat and tie, and briefcase, for an easel, some brushes, paints, and a pair of flip flops to chase a completely different lifestyle. A complete reinvention from who he was to whom he has now become. Starbuck is now is a full time, award-winning and published wildlife artist. As an outdoor and wildlife enthusiast, capturing the personally of his wildlife subjects is always front and center for him. Whether it is a morning sunrise or the evening golden hour, interesting day light drives David’s interest and attention during those times where wildlife tends to be most active.


- Robert White featured painting at Live Like Lou fundraiser, an ALS fund raising organization. Presently generating research resources for Vanderbilt University.
- Wrightsville Beach Orientation #12 giclee fund raiser generates $5000 for Wrightsville Beach History Museum Covid 19 relief, January 2021.
- Featured artist, Wrightsville Beach Magazine, December 2020, including cover publication.
- Critters at Craven County Bank of the Arts, “Bananas??? selected as keynote piece for exhibit publication & website cover.
- “Bananas???” & “What’s Dat, Pungo Treo” published, Craven County Folks Journal
- 2018 Landfall Art Show & Sale, “Bananas???” awarded Honorable Mention
- What’s Dat?, Pungo Treo, juried into North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Wildlife Calendar 2019
- Wilmington Art Association, Board of Directors, 2018
- Arts Friendly, Board of Directors, Secretary, 2018, 2019
- “Perspectives of Grandfather and Blowing Rock,” a Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery, June 2017 Exhibit.
- Cameron Art Museum, State of the Art, Art of the State, 2017
- Orientation Series, Finalist, Our State Magazine, Made in NC Awards, 2017,

Judges Honorable Mention Honors

- Wilmington Then & Now, 2017, a Bellamy Mansion juried Exhibit
- The Sunset Beach Nature & Wildlife Art Show, June 2017
- North Carolina Coastal Federation 35th Anniversary, Wrightsville Beach Exhibit, The DStarbuck Gallery Orientation Series, May – October 2017
- “LOCAL” a Wilmington International Airport Spring Exhibit, juried & sponsored by the - Wilmington Arts Council, Wrightsville Beach Orientation, #12, keynote piece.
- Wrightsville Beach Orientation, #12 featured front cover of the Wilmington Business Journal, January 2017
- North Carolina Wildlife Artist Society wildlife exhibit, Core Sound Waterfowl and Heritage Museum, Harkers Island, Blue Ridge Empty Nester People’s Choice, Second Place Honors, Fall 2016
- Orientation Series private artist exhibit Seasoned Gourmet, Fall 2016
- Robert White, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Wildlife Calendar, 2017
- June 2016, The Lumina Trolly Stop exhibited at “Small Treasures of Old Wrightsville Beach,” an invitational celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Wrightsville Beach Museum.
- Spring 2016, Mr. Robert White exhibited at “Wings In the Wild,” a juried show, presented by the Glynn Visual Art Association and The Coastal Georgia Audubon Society.
- Wrightsville Beach Orientation, #12, winner for publication Wilmington Business Journal’s 2016 Edition of “Book Of Business.”
- Core Sound Waterfowl and Heritage Museum at Harkers Island, a North Carolina Wildlife Artist Society wildlife exhibition, Fall 2015, Overall Show, People’s Choice Honors.
- North Carolina Wildlife Artist Society wildlife art exhibition at Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium, Summer 2015
- Bellamy Mansion, Wilmington, NC, Fall 2014
- Art for the Arboretum, Fall 2014 & 2015
- Rosemont Winery as a Resident Artist, 2013
- Wilmington Artist Association, Spring Exhibit 2013
- Beach inspired prints on display and for sale throughout Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach & Topsail Beach areas
- MOSAIC, Sundown II live action presenting Lake Gaston Sunset at Eaton’s Ferry, a work taken to print and enjoyed by many of the LKG community.