David started his artistic journey in high school where he was introduced to painting. At the University of Montana he found a book in the library about contemporary watercolorists which “lit a spark” that has determined the course of his life.
He was fortunate to move to Rockport, Massachusetts after college. David felt a strong connection with Cape Ann right from the start and from then on has always wanted to live near the water. He benefited greatly in those early years of painting by being part of the art colony on Cape Ann. Most of the important American painters either spent time there or visited for a time, and he had unlimited opportunity to learn from many of the wonderful artists who have lived and worked on Cape Ann. David received instruction and encouragement from many of the nationally recognized artists who frequent Cape Ann.
David’s love of the sea as subject matter comes from his Dad who loves to sail and taught his family to handle small boats. “Our summers were spent on Barnegat Bay, Lake Champlain and Long Island Sound”. In David’s mind’s eye, the summer is one long day at the beach, and he still enjoys painting sailing scenes. David traveled to the Isle of Wight, England for the America’s Cup Jubilee where the original America’s Cup race was reenacted. These America’s Cup paintings are the result of attending this event.
David is a Fellow Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA). In 2010 he won the Stobart Foundation Award and an Award of Excellence, 2013 at the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT.