has always had a zest for portraying wildlife, even at the age of 5 when he did a crayon sketch of a lion, which hangs on his parents’ wall at home to this day.
After completing school at Amanzimtoti High School in Natal, this budding South African artist spent the next two years of his life completing his national service in Mpumalanga, the former Eastern Transvaal.
With his natural affinity for animals, David spent his two years’ service as a dog trainer. It was here that he started spending his free time sketching animals indigenous to the area.
After this two-year period, David ventured into the art of portraiture. For the next 7 years he continued devoting his spare time to improving his artistic abilities in portraiture, experimenting with both pastel and pencil sketches. Despite this South African artist’s talent in this form of art, David started to feel that he should once again devote his time and talents to wildlife paintings, a decision that he has never regretted.
Working as a manager at a tanner left David with little time to develop his skills as an artist, however; his early works found favour with Fine Art Portfolio.
Since 1995, this relationship has blossomed and the quality and nature of his South African wildlife art has improved markedly. Style & FormatIn a style that is most definitely photo-realistic, David has improved this technique and treatment of detail to the delight of a truly multi-national brand of collectors. His chosen medium for his South African art is that of acrylic which is always coated with varnish for extra lustre. Exhibitions & CommissionsIn 2004, David was approached to take part in the unity series of limited editions launched for the Nelson Mandela Trust, in Switzerland.
Although controversy surrounded the “division of the spoils”, there is no doubt that David’s work was in the top five of the 87 artists commissioned worldwide.We believe that all of his limited editions were sold out as of March 2005.
Since this major breakthrough, David’s South African wildlife art is sought after by major galleries and patrons of the art worldwide