South African born, David grew up in Southern England, trained in architecture at Kingston-Upon-Thames College of Art, worked in London, West Wales and Hampshire, retiring to Isle of Wight 2008. Painted spasmodically since 1960s, mainly in watercolour. Came to botanical drawing 2004 primarily to learn about plants, following interest in gardening. Courses with Valerie Oxley 2005, later with others. Member VBA since 2012, which has given great support and encouragement.