Born in Halifax, David spent a great deal of time walking and drawing the dramatic open and sweeping West Riding moorland, which became a point of focus during his art foundation course. Later studying for a Fine Art degree at Loughborough Art College, he embarked on a student exchange to New York, where he was exposed to the work of the American Abstract Expressionist painters, who have had quite a strong influence on his approach towards painting. Whilst essentially abstract in nature, there has always been a sense of the landscape underpinning the content and subject matter of all his work. Over recent years, this has been heavily influenced by trips to the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. The effect of water on the landscape, the colour and movement of the sea across wide expansive beaches, vast skies, and the interplay of land sea and sky are all evident within this recent body of work.