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David grew up in South Africa and after finishing school worked in Photography, Advertising and Interior Design.

However, he began to feel that he was working on the fringes of Art and regretted not having gone to art school and so, as a mature student, he returned to the United Kingdom and completed an Art foundation course. He then gained a B.A.Fine Art (Hons) degree and a P.G.C.E. (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and secured a post at a community college in Plymouth teaching Ceramics and Art & Design.

It was while he was teaching that he started to work in "torn paper collage". He used to set his GCSE students a project of using this technique of building up an image out of pieces of coloured magazines. This produces an impressionistic image with unexpected depths, tones and moods. It worked well in the teaching situation and his own work started to generate much interest and success.

He took early retirement from teaching in 2001 and now works in his studio at home on the Rame Peninsula. He continues to work in various media, as well as collage, and produces Giclée prints of all his original works. He has work, including commissions, in many private collections, both in the U.K. and abroad.

Recently David’s daughter, Jessica, has set up her own Portrait Photography business. She focusses mainly on baby, children and family portraits but also shoots weddings, christening and other special events and so David is now also involved in the printing of the photographs and the presentation of her work i.e. manufacturing mounts and frames for her.