David as a Boy

I always wanted to be an artist. No wait, actually there was a week when I thought it would be good to be an astronaut and walk on the moon.

I wanted to be a painter.

My father was a sculptor and calligrapher. He made sure his children had plenty of art materials to play with and gave me a set of oil paints, palette etc when I was a young boy. He then drove me to the side of a small dam by an orchard with mountains beyond and said I will be back to get you later.

Portrait of David

I studied art at Swinburne in Melbourne. My first employer, one of Australia’s leading designers of the time, introduced me to paper sculpture. (Paper has always fascinated me and I have always loved making things out of it.) Later I worked as an Art Director in advertising agencies before starting my own design and illustration studio.

Now after working as an art director and illustrator, then for twenty years as an author and illustrator of children’s books I have returned to my first passion, painting.

In 1995 I wrote and illustrated a book called YOU CAN MAKE PAPER SCULPTURES. I was then asked to illustrate Mem Fox’s book BOO TO A GOOSE.

The publisher of this book said they would like me to write and illustrate another book. So WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? then CAROUSEL were published. Since then I have written and illustrated more picture books including SNAP WENT CHESTER by Tania Cox a CBC short list book.

REFUGEES an CBC Honour book which I both wrote and illustrated. The name says it all, except that it is about wild ducks.

BIG AND ME a book for children about a child living with a parent suffering from mental illness.

The illustrations for all these books were three dimensional paper sculptures constructed using coloured paper, hot glue and core board. Some I have added to the colour with oil soluble oil pastels, some with coloured pencils and some with paint. All have been exhibited in solo exhibitions in galleries and libraries around Australia.

My last book (and I think it will be the last) is the story of a young yellow bellied glider taking it’s first flight. I illustrated this book using water soluble pencils. It won an award from the Royal Zoological Society of NSW.

FIRST FLIGHT was published in 2014 and since then I have painted in oils.

In 2017 I had a solo exhibition of my paintings in the Memo in Healesville then later that year I participated in the Yarra Valley Open Studios.

Again in 2018 my studio was open in the Yarra Valley Open Studios.