From a review in Artscope Magazine: When realism and surrealism collide, you get Dave Martsolf. He has the skills and trained hand to make his paintings graphic and true to life, which he pairs with his theoretical, conceptual imagination. It is not very often that we come across an artist so grounded yet so fanciful, all in the same instance. The rawness of Martsolf's oils, pencils, and watercolors add to the dimension of reality portrayed, whether or not the scene is entirely plausible. His artwork also carries slight influences of architecture, exposure most likely experienced during childhood under his architect father and architect grandfather. His background in computer-based art can also be sensed in some of his pieces, which is quite fitting for the former owner and artistic director of Damsel Software Group. At first, second, and third glance, Martsolf's work is fresh and original. He takes the everyday and ventures with it into the unknown, a journey that results in his astonishing art. Even some of his most far-fetched pieces posses an aura of sanity and organization, dispelling any notion of the irrational or unconscious typically associated with surrealism. Today, Martsolf has returned to handmade art. He continues to believe, "that art can be a vehicle to communicate visceral yet at the same time cerebral thoughts and feelings in a single still image that can transport the observer to a dream reality that can be totally absorbing and alive with all manner of doorways to emotions and experiences never before realized.