David Sandum was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, and lived several years as a young man in the United States. He attended the University of Utah and graduated in 1999 with a BA in speech communication. When he became ill with depression, he turned to writing and art to grapple with his symptoms. A thriving painter today, he views himself primarily as a colorist and expressionist; energy and emotions are key to his work. In 2010, he earned international acclaim by founding TwitterArtExhibit, a social media initiative that enlists artists to help raise funds for local charities. This annual event has gone global, taking place in such cities as Los Angeles, Orlando, and New York City. David lives with his wife and two sons in Moss, Norway.