Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, David's appreciation of nature began in his youth as he explored the Canadian outdoors. As the ideas for his paintings emerge from his experiences with wildlife in their natural habitat, David embarked on longer reference gathering trips throughout most of North America (including Alaska), as well as to Africa, Central and South America, and parts of Asia. In the meantime, he taught himself to paint, experimenting with a variety of media and techniques.
Because of his love of wildlife, he had initially geared his education towards becoming a veterinarian, thinking that art was something to be treated only as a hobby. Due of tragic events involving his family, David was left to fend for himself at the age of 17; so he gave up his dream of attending university, and started work at a local factory. Soon, however, David's sketches and paintings, which he continued to work on whenever he had a free moment, began to garner attention, opening a door to a world he never knew existed.
Today, he holds memberships in Artists for Conservation and in the prestigious Society of Animal Artists, and is an honours graduate from the Ontario College of Art. His work is part of collections the world over and he has exhibited in North America's major exhibitions and art shows, where he has received numerous excellence awards.
Besides painting, David loves spending time on research trips, and with the many students with whom he enjoys sharing his passion for art.
David was awarded the first fellowship grant under the AFC's Flag Expeditions Program for his proposal "Expedition to Observe and Portray the Endangered Harpy Eagle and its Habitat". Following what is likely the most extensive artistic study of the Harpy Eagle ever attempted, the resulting artwork will be used to support conservation efforts to restore the Harpy Eagle to its historical ranges, while helping to educate the public on the key role this species plays in the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem.
A strong supporter of conservation projects and of his community, David continues to donate works in support of numerous other organizations, including:
- Cheetah Conservation Fund
- Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation
- Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation
- Wildlife Conservation Society
- Metropolitan Park (Panama City)
- International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
- Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
- Howell Conference and Nature Center
- Audubon Society
- Dreams Take Flight
- WPBS Television
- Kids Cancer Care Foundation
- Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre
- United Way
- Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society