David was born in Lincolnshire, not far from the Humber. After attending Trinity House Navigation School, Hull, he embarked upon a career at sea as a navigating cadet in the Merchant Navy.
Despite his initial career choice in the merchant navy and having spent time at sea drawing and painting, he felt his true course in life was to paint full-time. So, after nine years sailing around the world as a ships navigator, he left the sea to become an art student.
After gaining a B.A. in Art he set about fulfilling his ambition as a Marine Artist. Successful exhibitions followed and two books of his work were published, the first a unique hand coloured book, and the second, ' A Coastal Passage,' launched with an exhibition in Cork Street, London.
In 1984 he was commissioned by the military to travel to the Falklands and produced several commemorative paintings. Drawing on his understanding and experience of the sea with all it's moods, he is able to produce evocative and atmospheric paintings, many of which are found in important collections.
Though he is best known for his Marine painting, his othe subjects include railway, aviation and architecture, all of which can seen here online and in the flesh at the gallery in Lincoln.
Apart from exhibition painting he has recently completed a new book about his travels at sea, with many sketches and paintings from over the last thirty years, and, based on Britian's maritime history from Cook to Shackletone, called ' A Nautical Odyssey.'
Further publications on maritime and railway are in progress and expected in late 2013-2014.