UK born, Australian citizen (over 40 years), “I have always been ‘the artist’ ever since a pencil was first put in my hand - aged about eighteen months!”
“My childhood was spent drawing and painting, which seemed to amaze people with my portrayal and accuracy. After my ‘Dickensian’ education and Art College, ‘Commercial Art’ seemed to be the only way to offer a living then, and so the Advertising World beckoned.
As a versatile creative, I spent 30 very full years in the Advertising Business in the UK, the Middle East and Australia, owning my own Agencies in Adelaide, Alice Springs and Perth and venturing into the Film and TV Commercial World as a Writer/Producer.
As an Advertising Consultant living in Dubai, my 50th Birthday was a milestone, and brought me an opportunity to become the full-time artist - that I had always longed to be”.
“In Dubai, and now working with oil on canvas, I was fascinated and inspired by the amazing, distorted images reflected in the mirrored-glass of the many towers springing up out of the desert. When accurately transferred to canvas, these ‘puzzle’ depictions, which the eye never seems to tire of trying to resolve, create juxtaposition between reality and image, resembling abstracts, however they are very much accurate/realist portrayals.
Living, travelling and exhibiting in many countries has offered me a wide range of subject opportunities. Whilst all reflections still fascinate me, I still enjoy the discipline of painting realistically, but now introducing a little ‘whimsy’ and surrealism into my subjects.
My Merseyside background, with its inherited love of ships and the sea, found my Maritime work exhibited several years running by the Royal Society of Marine Artists at their Annual Exhibitions - at The Mall Galleries, in London.
Illustrating people always figured in my advertising work, and I was now free to explore serious portraiture. Getting to know a subject, and capturing that often ‘brief, recognisable expression’, which others also recognise, has always been my objective. While Sydney based, I was a Committee Member of Portrait Artists Australia, virtually from its start in 2002.
Portraiture has given me the opportunity to meet Prime Ministers & Politicians, Scientists, Judiciary, Sporting and TV Personalities, Indigenous people etc., in many countries.
I welcome Portrait Commissions - to produce a treasured family heirloom, for the generations to come.
"I look forward to hearing from you.” David.