David was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1966, and now lives and works in the heart of the West Wales countryside along with his artist wife Lisa and their two children, in a wooded valley near the Taf and Towy estuaries with the dramatic Pembrokeshire coastline on his doorstep.
He paints mostly British wildlife, usually in oils, preferring to return again and again to subjects he knows well, travelling widely to gather reference and inspiration for his work. However, David is perhaps best known for his underwater studies of game and coarse fish, inspired by a lifetime passion for angling and many hours spent snorkelling and diving in rivers, lakes and gravel pits. This knowledge and understanding of his subject is clearly reflected in his work and has led to him becoming perhaps the best known and well-regarded fish artist in the country. Internationally, his larger fish paintings now hang in London, Tokyo and New York boardrooms.
His originals have been exhibited at some of the premier wildlife galleries and at the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall, London, and has had work published by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Hamlyn Publishers, Waterlog Magazine, Irish Country Sports & Country Life, The Field, Wild Ireland, International Masters Publishers and the Medici Society.
In 2008 David had his first book published, 'Beneath the Surface', featuring many of his well known paintings as well as new images and underwater photographs especially produced for the book. In it he describes his life both as an angler and an artist and insights into constructing and producing his unique paintings. His wildlife paintings, especially of the underwater world we never see, are truly spell-binding and are a must-see for those who love the world ‘beneath the surface’!
In 2013, David was commissioned by the Royal Mail to paint 10 images for postage stamps, highlighting five sustainable British fish species and five endangered, photo of which can be seen under each painting image.