Dave "Letterfly" Knoderer

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Dave  "Letterfly" Knoderer

"Artist in Residence" Lazydays RV Supercenter
6130 Lazydays Boulevard Seffner (Tampa), Florida 33584-2968

Cell  1-813-505-5539      email; Letterfly@aol

Residence; 4111 El Shaddiai Square
Plant City, Florida 33565    

    Today, Letterfly is the top producer of high quality airbrushed murals seen on the outsides of luxury motor homes. Wildlife and animal depiction’s provide the mainstay for these works. Also known as Dave Knoderer, since 1975 he has sought sensational challenges in his work. All finished work is commissioned. In addition to paintwork on the exterior of motorhomes, the artist also produces mural work found in homes, oil paintings on canvas, pinstriping and pictorial work on motorcycles and high quality custom paint on all types of vehicals. The artist regularly gives informative and entertaining seminars on these subjects and is the instructor of airbrush technique at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

    Starting as an apprentice in the Sign and Design trade his appetite for unusual activities lead him to many sensational projects. A skilled painter, he has designed and painted large wall graphics and theater sets, themed interior and exterior murals in amusement parks and restaurants, crafted delicate Gold Leaf window treatments and the gilding and decoration on Fire Trucks. A true Renaissance man, he has a passion for the Victorian embellishments of an era gone by. This fondness clearly shows up in his "themed" work. What is truly unusual about this artist is that he is equally adept with paint brushes or an airbrush.

Education:

Arlington Heights High School, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, Florida

Exhibitions

2004 Bike Week, Daytona Beach, Florida
2004 Seminar; "Rolling Art...Why A Mural" Clinton Harley-Davidson, Clinton, Iowa
2004 Seminar; "Rolling Art...Why A Mural?" Heartland Harley-Davidson, Burlington, Iowa
2003American Society of Interior Decorators Trade Show, Sarasota, Florida
2003 InstructionWorkshop "Airbrush Techniques" Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, Florida
1998 Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach, Florida
1998-to date; Weekly Seminar; "Rolling Art...Why A Mural?" Lazydays RV Supercenter, Seffner, Florida
1997 Participant, Group Artists Show at Unity Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
1997 Finalist, Sign Business Magazine Auto Art Contest
1995 Participant, Group Artists Show at Unity Gallery, Sarasota, Florida
1994 IIASA Trade Show "Best of Show" Award for "Skee Ball Lightning" Themed Piece
1989 Winner, Signs of the Times design competition for storefront window decor

Books & Magazines

2004 Careers for Geniuses and Other Gifted Types by Jan Goldberg
2004 Tales of a Traveling Airbrush, Dave "Letterfly" Knoderer
2002 Cover Art Family Motor Coaching Magazine
2002 My Life, an Autobiography, Dave "Letterfly" Knoderer
1999-2000 Marquis Who’s Who in America, Publication
1998 Destinations, Tours and Travel, Article "Rare View" June Page 96
1998 Motorhome Magazine, Story "Traveling Trademark" July Page 36
1997 Sign Business, Auto Art Contest 97 Page 134
1997 Arriving February Page 64 "Letterfly’s Patriotic Offerings"
1997 The American Saddlebred April\May Page 66 "Letterfly and Souveran"
1995 Family Motor Coaching February Page 201 " Motor home Artist"
1994 Family Motor Coaching December Page 70 "Motor Coach Art"
1992 The American Saddlebred May June Page 31 "Saddlebred Wins at Sarasota"

Achievements and Murals

2004 "Black Hills Saloon" Signage J. Bonner, Port Orange, Florida
2004 "Marilyn & Elvis, James Dean & Natalie Woods" Murals, Darnell Collection, Hickory Flats, Georgia
2004 "Angel on the Ceiling" Rochette Home, Fort Meade, Florida
2004 "A Taste of Tuscany" Dining Room Mural, Delapa home, Marco Island, Florida
2004 "Route 66" Mural, Bennie and Julie Darnell, Canton, Georgia
2003 "Clinton Harley-Davidson" Wall Mural, Clinton, Iowa
2003 HGTV Televised Show; "Designers Challenge" Safety Harbor, Florida
2003 "Ceiling Motif" Harbor Island home, Harbor Island, Florida
2002 "Thank A Veteran" Jack Giempapa, Conifer, Colorado  
2002 "Buffalo Mural" Cheryl and Wayne Cook, Shipshewana, Indiana
2001 "Flaming Eagle" Lloyd & Norma McVey, Naples, Florida
2001 "Garden Vista" Banquet Room, Tara Golf & Country Club, Bradenton, Florida
2000 "John Wayne" Mural, Jack Tipton, St. Louis, Missouri
2000 "Italian Vista" Mural, Delapa home, Marco Island, Florida
1999 "Fantasy Golf Course" Restaurant Mural, Tara Golf & Country Club, Bradenton, Florida  
1998 "Cover Art" Auto Art Magazine, Kansas City, Missouri
1998 "Fantasy View" RJ Wos home, Davis Island, Florida
1997 "Cherish The Magic" Book Cover, Jack Giampapa, Conifer, Colorado
1997 "Venice" mural with marble effects - Trompe L'oeil artwork, Colkitt, Sarasota
1997 Railroad room murals: "C&O Streamliner in Monument Valley", "Magical Mountain Sky", "Modern Express About to Arrive", "Peaceful Night of the Coyote", Jim, Floyd’s Knob, Indiana
1997 "Racing Cars" (canvas), Butner Auto, Clarksville, Indiana
1997 "Don Quixote", Phil & Bertha, Plantation, Florida
1996 "Whales Tail", Dale & Betty, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
1996 "Souveran" a portrait, Arleen G Knoderer, Sulphur Springs, Arkansas
1996 "Floral Dance Floor" Airport Marriott, Tampa, Florida
1996 "Arabian Stallion", Hickory Groves, Eaton, Indiana
1996 "Boaters World", Desoto Mall, Bradenton, Florida
1996 Portrait of "Best", Arabian Stallion (canvas), Wilde Farms, Hastings, Michigan
1996 "History of Printed Information" (library wall mural), Decatur (Indiana) High School
1996 "Dream Room", Customers Lounge at Fleetwood Mfg., Decatur, Indiana
1996 "Roman Room", John, Benton Harbor, Michigan
1995 "Friesian Fantasy", Jack & Tillie, San Jacinto, California
1994 "Beardsley" (on a toilet seat), Stephen & Elsie, Cape May, New Jersey
1986 "Anna's Apparel"  Award Winning Victorian Storefront, Jackson, Michigan
1989 "Acapulco", Kip’s Taco, Jackson, Michigan



home

Oil Paintings * Large Murals * Murals in the Home * Gold Leaf Gilding
To the Trade * Trompe L’oeil * Freehand Airbrush Painting
The Artist’s Resume * Cruisin’ Art * Art as Entertainment * Rolling Art Gallery