David was born in Ottawa and formalized his interest in drawing and painting by studying at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto and the Art Center, Los Angeles. While studying in California, he instructed at the Butler Fine Arts School.

David established his reputation as a painter in the mid-sixties painting in the Georgian Bay area. Currently he is working in acrylics as well as oil and his work is large and loose. It shows the confidence of a mature artist. “My paintings are pictorial though somewhat abstract,” says David. “The colours are from a simple palette of earth pigments, used with large brushes. As an easel artist, I paint vertically and directly and many paintings are done ‘a la prima’. The result is ‘active brushwork’. I paint where I am and I’m interested in the backyard, not the front.”

David says he paints with a young boy’s enthusiasm and an old man’s eye.