Art Brokerage: David Schluss Israeli Artist: b. 1943. David Schluss, born in Israel in 1943, began studying art at an early age. He attended school in the ancient city of Jaffa, the historical seaport in central Israel. It was there that the mystical walls of the city and the austere religion of historic churches, temples and monasteries captivated him. It was during these early years in Israel that Schluss sensed his overwhelming desire to paint. Influence from great masters such as Chagall, Miro, and Botero inspired Schluss to create his own individualized style and technique of painting. He began experimenting by painting with his hands, using no paintbrush or spatula. He says, "With the palm of my hands I can get a play of light that I could never achieve with a brush. I start with the abstract, and figures emerge."