Gondolas Venice


I was born in the English Lake District where, walking in the mountains, I first developed my life-long love of nature's landscapes.


After initially training as an engineer, I enjoyed a varied  career in industry, education and business. Towards retirement I promised myself that I would take up watercolour painting and, if I was lucky enough to sell my efforts, I would donate the proceeds to children's charities. So far I have raised over £10,000.

I'm mainly self-taught, building on sound drawing skills as an engineer. I've also attended workshops around Europe with some of the world's most respected watercolorists including Alvaro Castingnet, Joseph Zbukvic, David Taylor, Charles Reid and David Bellamy.

I always try to capture the mood and atmosphere of a landscape, paying particular attention to the play of light and shadow. Although watercolour is often said to be the most difficult medium to master, I enjoy being able paint quickly in a loose, representative style, yet still be true to the view in front of me.

"David is an outstanding artist and we are honoured that he has chosen to support Children's Hospice South West in our 30th anniversary year. It's a wonderful way to  raise funds to help us be here for local children and families now and in the future"


Emily Mitchard, Area Fundraiser at CHSW