Although David has had no formal art training, he was apprenticed as a sign writer and decorator for five years. After this, he was conscripted into HM Forces where he was employed in the army as a sign writer, spending most of his service in the Far East. He did, however, indulge his artistic talents by hand painting the wall panels in the camp’s social club. On leaving the army, he settled in London, where he established his own successful decorating business, leaving only time for evening classes to pursue his artistic talents. When he retired, he moved to Ayr, where he was able to concentrate on his long-standing interest and enjoyment in acrylic painting. He subsequently joined Ayr Sketch Club and has been encouraged by its members and associated professionals to continue painting and hopefully improve, adding other media including oil, pastel, watercolour and, more recently, digital painting. He has exhibited at Ayr Sketch Club group exhibitions in The Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr Hospital, The Barony in West Kilbride and The Beacon in Greenock. He has also had work selected for exhibition at Paisley Art Institute and North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition in Irvine.