David

Artist/Printmaker/Photographer/Poet/Teacher
David was born in London and brought up in the Sussex Downland in Lewes. After studying at Durham University and the College of St. Matthias, Bristol, David spent 27 years in full-time teaching in Cornwall and Kent, and was for 15 years Head of Modern Languages at Aylesford School near Maidstone. In 1999, David "jumped without a parachute", moved to the New Forest area, and took the risk of trying to make a living from art and craft - backed up by some supply teaching and various part-time jobs. Currently, David is a supply teacher for Durlston Court Preparatory School.

Since about 1980, in off-duty moments, David has produced hand-stitched, made-to-measure, leather footwear. Together with Deborah (a hand-loom weaver at the time) he was a founder and director of "Cornish Enterprises Ltd.", and helped to run the company's craft shop in Falmouth. The need to have a good quality catalogue for both shoes and woven goods led to the purchase of a decent camera, an interest in photography and, eventually, to a monochrome darkroom. This, in turn, led to exploration of other ways of creating images, such as block printing, and then, with the advent of computers and photo-quality printers, to digital inkjet prints.

David's work is often inspired by his photographs. Many pieces are made directly from them. The original photo may be manipulated, merged with others, or altered to produce a finished image which might be hyper-real, surreal or semi-abstract. Combining photography with other mediums (pastels, gold and silver leaf, pressed flowers, driftwood, found objects, etc.) enables David to explore themes loosely linked to the inter-relatedness of mankind and nature, and influenced by ancient spirituality. David writes poetry, too, and his words are often woven into his images and 3D pieces.

David is one of the founder members of Folk Theatre Company "Rabble", based in Kent. He has been involved as a performer for many years with street theatre, mumming plays and traditional English music and dance. This, too, is an influence on his work.