After relocating from the dusty outback of New South Wales to tropical Queensland, he quickly discovered that painting beach scenes and seascapes was among his most enjoyable and relaxing forms of expression. Living and working alongside some of Australia’s most famous beaches, has become a driving force behind his observations of Australian beach life and his passion to illustrate it.
Portrayed in a very impressionistic style, David’s busy beachscapes begin with a simple hand sketch onto canvas. After laying down his initial colour composition with brush and paint, he sets the work aside to dry for a day or two before overlaying the image with oils applied with a pallet knife.
Carefully allowing areas of the original under work to show through with each application of paint, David seeks to draw the viewer’s attention to an expansive depth of paint within each scene; random knife strokes, scratches, scrapes, and seemingly insignificant blobs of paint, gradually become the details that bring these colourful beach illustrations to life.