David Snellings was born, raised and received his early education in the Richmond, Virginia area. His chemical engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute was interrupted by the Vietnam War. For five years he served his country during that conflict, becoming a commissioned officer in the US Army Artillery. After his military service he returned to college and earned his BS from Illinois State University and later received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, graduating with honors and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honorary Society.
Recently retiring from a 45 year career as a computer software engineer, he has started a second career in fine art, using acrylics and oils. His works have appeared across the nation in many juried competitions, with several earning awards of merit in those competitions. The subjects of his painting vary and include wildlife, landscapes and stilllife. Artistically, he is influenced by the work of the Hudson River School, Andrew Wyeth, Rod Lawrence, Robert Bateman and the Dutch masters. He tends to be precise with his subjects and now paints using a technique of transparent glazes to obtain a luminosity in the final painting.